The starting point for this Biophilic proposal it is a fictional narrative in which the project exists as the remaining ruins from a 13th century architectural structure belonging to the Order of Santiago, in an archaeological site at Palmela/Portugal. These facts came to public knowledge in early 2013 when the scientific community discloses the interesting use of biophilic architecture by this old society, which apparently already had the knowledge of artificial hygromophs. Attending to their natural environment of pine forests they should have, by the use of biomimetic analogues, applied the pine cone environmental response to humidity by changing their shape, opening when dry and closing when wet, as a practical example to their construction techniques using it to control house ventilation and temperature. After this, the local community has decided building using this ancestral heritage way of living.



Mafalda Carmona