Countries with coastline on the Mediterranean: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Mediterranean climate, major climate type of the Köppen classification characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.


Climate agents[1] 

Rain, Wind, Sun Radiation, Humidity, CO2, O2, Soil etc.



Human comfort in buildings

Comfort in the built environment is affected by a great number of different factors which can, if not addressed properly, lead to poor levels of comfort, discomfort, or can even cause harm and ill health to occupants. Aspects of comfort include; personal factors, health and wellbeing, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, visual comfort, noise nuisance, ergonomics, and so on. [2] House Beautiful Pace Setter Homes program integrated climate as one of its most important principles.


Winter                                                                                  Summer                                                                             Overall

Steps taken 

ThermoDynamic performance

Systemic program

Load distribution 

Metabolic water

Water strategy

Metabolic energy

Energy strategy

South facing photovoltaic [Experimental cut reference]

Southen detail

[Experimental cut reference physical model]


Site plan


Longitudinal section

Floor 6






River Block is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities in 2020/21 by students: Engjëll Rodiqi & Philipp Wienkaemper, and faculty: Vicente Guallart, Fabio Capra-Ribeiro