MILLE-OEILLE. An Architectural Response to Zoos' Obsolescence in Post-Anthropocentric Times.

ABSTRACT: Technological mediation expands and multiplies our bodily capacities as it influences the way we relate to our environment. This directly affects our notion of architecture, its scope and practice. From the body-machine, to super-bodies and enhanced senses, to the virtual, or the de-codification of data into visual and physical experience, our times requires new ethical claims and careful awareness. Conceptually grounded in empathic ties consolidated by human-animal interaction, this architectural proposal claims for a sensitive use of technology that supports and encourages environmental and social sustainability. Supported by scientific literature, it anticipates a novel use of Augmented Reality and proposes future architectural scenarios which include new materializations and forms of spatial and sensorial experiences.

(Full article published in: Data, Matter, Design: Strategies in Computational Design. Book Edited by Frank Melendez, Nancy Diniz, Marcella del Signore. Routledge 2020).

Project Exhibited at:
. Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 @ Palazzo Bembo
GAA Foundation and the European Cultural Center
with Rosana Rubio-Hernández (rendering by Claire Liu).
. ARTIFICIAL REALITIES – Virtual as an Aesthetic Medium for Architectural ideation. Lisbon Architecture Triennale Associated Project | ISTAR-ISCTE IUL 14-18 October 2019.

Mille-oeille is a pavilion which works as a multilayered information system on the world’s ecosystems. Its innovative use of technologies (augmented reality and a prospective new material) permits a unique engagement with natural phenomena while emphasizing environmental preservation and sustainability. Mille-oeille is a building that breathes, changes appearance, pulsates and transforms according to its surroundings and the amount of information it is fed with. This building is in essence, another living entity that, like a chameleon, transforms its multilayered skin in response to different stimuli and weather conditions. Hypothetically, there will be multiple Mille-oeille pavilions distributed throughout the globe, configuring a vast information net. They would be implanted in natural environments such as preserves, veterinarian farms or animal therapy centers, where coexistence between animals and humans has been cultivated over time.

The name Mille-oeille comes from the words “mille-feuille”, a French cake which literally means “thousand layers” and “oeil”, which means “eye”. Mille-oeille is a building made of thousand layers with thousands eyes onto the world. This building reconsiders today zoos' obsolescence but its concept extends to infinite thematic possibilities such as cities of the world, Mars landscapes and beyond..

2007 . Revised for the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2018