Build lasting, beautiful, appropriate and timeless architecture

We believe that by only building what is appropriate and necessary in a beautiful and lasting way will ensure that our interventions contribute to our collective built culture whilst being environmentally responsible.

Djernes & Bell are committed to designing and building lasting and meaningful contributions to our built world. We believe that a major part of sustainability is making buildings that are timeless in materiality, space and form and that age well. These buildings therefore adopt a valuable position in the culture and context in which they are built.

Beauty and quality in materials and space make for the most robust design solutions that can over the years adapt to many different functions and can in their own right become preservation worthy.

Lasting architecture is the most sustainable both in carbon metrics but also socially and culturally. 

Renew existing buildings

Prioritising upgrading existing buildings through careful renovation, restoration and adaptive reuse is one of the most sustainable contributions architects can make. 

It is imperative that we acknowledge the inherent value and beauty that is embodied in existing and historic buildings. They are artefacts of culture. 

We are specialised in working with existing buildings across a wide range of building typologies and project sectors. We aim to help our clients increase the value and positive impact of existing buildings.

We offer a full service consultancy across all project phases including interior renovations and custom furniture design.

Innovation in sustainability

Djernes & Bell are signatories of Architects Declare and are actively engaged in delivering sustainable and lasting architecture that creates value for our clients’ as well as the greater contexts in which we build.

We strive towards a regenerative design process and always consider the full lifecycle impacts of our interventions.

Furthermore we are devoted to research and innovation within our industry to contribute to the urgent need for a sustainable transformation across processes across the entire supply-chain of the construction, architecture and engineering and building maintenance industries.

We are currently working on a project entitled ‘ The aesthetics of sustainable concrete’ which investigates the importance of the aesthetics of visual concrete in making the world’s most used (and disputed) material more sustainable.