Making. Making do. Making Good. Making Last. Making Better

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.

Material Localism & Aesthetic Sustainability

Djernes & Bell believe that material culture has to be redifined if we are to achieve a sustainable built and material world. We need to consider longevity, weathering, localism, usefulness and cultural relevance. Materials should be considered for their local availability, and local contextural, climactic and cultural appropriateness.

Processes of production should likewise be locally appropriate and  focussed towards craftsmanship and quality rather than mass-production for profit. Quality and longevity need to take over from profit extraction as the main parameters we evaluate what gets made.