We are OPAL -
OPAL was founded in 2005, as the architecture half of the groundbreaking design/build company GO Logic, and launched as an independent architecture firm in 2019. Based in Belfast, on the coast of Maine, we maintain an unwavering focus on design excellence while continually striving to achieve the highest standards of building performance and occupant comfort and well-being.
Alone among our professional peers, we design buildings exclusively following Passive House principals. We established our leadership role in the Passive House movement in North America with a string of landmark projects, including the first Passive House certified residence in Maine, the first Passive House certified college residence hall (for Unity College, in Unity, ME), and the first Passive House certified research laboratory (for the University of Chicago).
Our Approach -
Our fundamental goal is to generate a net-positive effect on future environments. We believe in accomplishing this by partnering with individuals and institutions that share our values and are willing to collaborate to achieve common goals.
We conceive of our work in the broader context of human ecology, as... an effort to fundamentally renegotiate our adverse relationship to the environment. We strive in all of our projects to achieve the highest level of performance possible with the tools at our disposal and the support provided by our client-collaborators. By focusing exclusively on high performance buildings, we have gained an intuitive and practical understanding of how to ensure that our projects meet these goals. We take satisfaction in developing innovative solutions that embody and express our clients’ aspirations in built form.
Our Team -
We are a diverse team of architects and designers who share a passion for creating the next generation of sustainable buildings. We value collaboration and work closely as a team, drawing on the skills and talents of each member of our staff. This collaborative approach extends also to our consultants, and to our clients as well. We believe that the best outcomes result from a problem-solving process that fully engages the abilities and imagination of all involved.