CORALLIIDAE: Six ecosystem generators


Team Info:

Name: Teresa Rodríguez García

Nationality: Spain

Institution / Company: CEU San Pablo University, Madrid




-HONOURABLE MENTION of Non Architecture Award 2022 Competition | Category: Urban & Landscape


Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on Earth and are an essential part of the marine ecosystem of Puerto Rico, reducing along with mangroves the erosion of the coast and generating a high economic and food resource.

CORALLIIDAE emerges as a tourist facility that will introduce the pedagogy of respect between humans and environmental species, establishing a masterplan of landscape actions with six ecosystem generators, understood as a series of landscape actions that will enhance biodiversity from what exists in an environmental sensitive coastal area in a district of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The proposal focuses on the ecosystem generator 04 Coralliidae Vacation, which will deal with a new idea of aparthotel school with the main objective of regenerating the damaged coral reefs and coexist with them in harmony.

The keys to the design of 04 Coralliidae Vacation are extracted from biomimicry research of coral polyps, obtaining a structural proposal of wooden elements arranged as a sort of flower, with ceramic skins simulating the symbiotic relationship of corals with algae, leading to a system of bioclimatic strategies and circular waste management.


Project Type:

The masterplan consists of six ecosystem generators: 01 Butterfly Utopia, 02 Micro Jungle, 03 Blossoming the Waste, 04 Coralliidae Vacation, 05 Coral Sanctuary and 06 Flora Spectacle.

They will feature native species of butterflies, birds and insects.

All these ecosystem generators together will have succeeded in increasing the healthy coral community, to revive a declining site by attracting population, reducing erosion restoring beaches and restoring the wetland ecosystem. 


Jury Comments

– Karoline Liedtke-Sørensen

combining pedagogy a masterplan and eco system generators seems very appeling and puts this project into a large scale, a beautiful exploration of natures system and formsa nd how they could serve to restore lost biotops understanding tourism as a source of change and possibilities when developed with respect


– Emile Revier

Much needed ambitious strategy for the revival of coral reefs with original drawing methods

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