Frontiers in Biomaterials

Frontiers in Biomaterials

Volume: 6

Bio-Inspired Materials

Nature has provided opportunities for scientists to observe patterns in biomaterials which can be imitated when designing construction materials. Materials designed with natural elements can be ...
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Without Inner Walls: A Concept of the Café’s House

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Theofilo Barreto Moreira Oliveira and Ulisses Targino Bezerra


The present study aims to present a new concept and, possibly, a new trend in the context of architecture, called Concrete Nullification in Architecture and is based on the philosophical reflections of the French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. On the basis of certain bio-inspiration and bio-design assumptions, it presents an actual building, located in the city of Brasília - DF, Brazil, comprising the concepts of Emptiness and Nullification. Its layout and interior dimensioning were designed with an absence of walls or internal physical divisions. This new housing concept is called OW (Ohne Innerwände) aiming through the construction process at a better disposition and reflection of contemporary living, which maximizes space utilization, improve light capture, ventilation, ergonomics, accessibility and acoustics. In this proposal, the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge is used to form a root-like network of architecture, anthropology, and philosophy which enables flow in the description and implementation of the proposed house, beginning with an explanation of the philosophical concept of nullification as developed by Sartre.


Bio-inspiration, bio-design, without inner walls, OW, architecture, nullification.


Federal University of Paraíba, Campus Mamanguape, Joao Pessoa-PB, Brazil.