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Bioclimatic Prototype for a Garden Building with Host and Nectar Plants for Cali's Butterflies

Husos Architects

A prototype garden building to raise awareness in sustainability.


Can a building be a tool for shifting citizens' behavior towards a greater awareness in sustainability and environmental education? To explore this possibility, Husos Architects developed a Bioclimatic Prototype for a Garden Building with host and nectar plants for butterflies.

The building is in Cali (Colombia) and was originally conceived as the base of Taller Croquis, a small workshop specializing in clothing and decoration items which was branching out through a myriad of small distribution points around the world. The green façade provides a comfortable microclimate within the building, reduces energy consumption and can be used as a prototype for a welcoming domestic garden for all the insects and birds in the area, which rely on a network of biological corridors to move around. Some bushes and climbing plants from the local ecosystem, mainly nectar and host plants for butterflies, are also disseminated in the building creating the habitat for birds and other local insect species. The presence of butterflies is utilized as a biometer to gauge the quality of the environment. Butterflies in fact are generally one of the most effective indicators of an ecosystem's quality and biodiversity.

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Mentioned project: Bioclimatic Prototype for a Garden Building with Host and Nectar Plants for Cali's Butterflies (2010)
Project location: Santiago de Cali, Colombia
Filming: Lucas Nieto
Video Editor: Jason Karpman

Colombia 2011
Duration: 2'09''