Ecological Design

The art and science of working with nature

Behind the Abrazo House project is a philosophy. We like to call it ecological design, though it has had many other names and been practiced by many other people (famous or anonymous) since time immemorial. We would define it as the art and science of working with nature. Some of its main elements could be summarised as follows:

  • Keep it simple. The simplest solution is usually the best. We don’t like to rely on complex designs and machinery.
  • Money is not wealth. True wealth lies in health, happiness, good relationships, life’s diversity, and meaningful activity, not in money. It is true that you do need some money in order to live — but a lot less than you might think.
  • Slow and steady. It’s better to go slowly in the right direction than quickly in the wrong direction.
  • Work with what you’ve got. There’s no point in trying to be pure in an impure world.

Other projects

Abrazo House has been the main focus of our work in ecological design in recent years. But we have applied the same philosophy to other projects:

  • Urban regeneration in the Zorrozaurre peninsula, Bilbao.
  • Design of a round calendar to raise awareness of natural cycles.