Aibonito Courthouse Project, Aibonito, PR (A joint venture w. Diaz Paunetto Architects) A proposal for a tropical courthouse with interior patios for day lit peripheral spaces. Innovative passive technologies control solar radiation, natural ventilation and exposure to hurricane winds. Click here to download
Full Moon EcoPark - San Juan, PR (2006-09) This is the 1st, world class Nocturnal Eco Park for the National Parks Company of PR. It features radical new ideas and concepts for the preservation of dark skies, using the full moon as the main light source at night. It was designed to LEED specifications. Click here to download
EcoHab affordable Green Homes, San Juan, PR. (2013) 1st housing units with Energy Star and LEED for Homes Gold certifications in PR. Click here to download
BrightShade Eco Window (2014): The design evolution of the tropical jalousie window Patented by A&M (Patent No: US 8,820,010 B2) in conjunction with Valcor Windows. It includes built in shading trays that protect the glass jalousies. When closed the trays act as a storm shutter. Click here to download
Ecotourism Design Guidelines, (2004): Prepared under contract for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and used as part of the EcoLodging Certification Program. Used elsewhere in Central and South America as a model for other Guidelines. These are supplemented with a poster illustrating the basic ecotourism design principles.  Click here to download
Biolipids of Puerto Rico, Dorado, PR (in Progress) A private innovation company has contracted our firm to design the first Microalgae farm in PR. The project received an award by “The Economist” magazine in it’s October 14, 2009 Carbon Economy Competition. Click here to download
AT&T Building , Santurce, PR (1998) A 24,000 SF state of the art facility allowing it’s manager to access all infrastructure systems (security cameras, temperature, humidity, fire, smoke and flooding monitoring) through an intelligent phone. The building blends with its residential neighborhood in the heart of Miramar.  Click here to download
Psychotectonic House, San Juan, PR (1978): A suburban house proposal that includes metamorphic spaces that grow according to the number of users. A nature contemplation capsule and a dream incubation chamber are provided as part of a psychic design discourse. Click here to download
Historic recycled/restoration projects, San Juan, PR, (1978-2010): We have restored more than 40 historic structures, adapting new uses to existing buildings. These vary in size and complexity and include, among others: (clockwise from left) IPEC Institute, Royal Caribbean Club, Hard Rock Cafe, Fortaleza Police Headquarters  Click here to download
EcoQuí - 1st MicroEcoHouse (2006) With a total floor area of 136 SF, EcoQuí was designed and built by the students of the Sustainable Design Studio of the School of Architecture, Univ. of PR. It incorporates all of the eco-technologies available today. Winner of the 2009 International Green Dot Award. Click here to download
DB Office Building - Bayamón, PR (1993-95) A 30,000 SF office building that incorporates passive, energy conserving strategies that resulted in savings of more than 20% compared to typical buildings of this type.   Click here to download
The Clomedor (Clodinette) is a hybrid transformable and repositionable piece of furniture that Incorporates a closet and a dining table. Designed for contemporary, compact simple living spaces  Click here to download
eCobito, San Juan, PR (In Progress): 1st Micro EcoHouse available in PR through A&M; based on the Ecoquí Micro ecohouse developed at the School of Architecture, Univ. of Puerto Rico. It is a one bedroom unit with 216 SF area. Click here to download
The Absent House - Vega Alta, PR (1999) 1st Eco-House of PR. A seminal structure with a Zero Carbon Footprint. Independent of the electrical and water utilities since 1999, it incorporates most green technologies and strategies including dark sky protection and numerous other eco features. Click here to download
“The Forest House”, Ponce, PR (1986) 1st Zero CO2 House for PR, This two bedroom un-built house with a minimal architectural solution makes possible sequestering all carbon emissions with a 12 tree “forest”.  Click here to download
Cyber University, Morovis, PR (A joint venture with Diaz Paunetto Architects) A design proposal for a Cybernetic University College to provide comprehensive medical studies from elementary to graduate level; designed to handle both physical and virtual student attendance from around the world through modern technologies. Click here to download
Nieves Nazario Residence, Guaynabo, PR (2001): A suburban house that explores the Spanish colonial architectural vocabulary with a contemporary tropical flair. Click here to download
EcoHab Neighborhood (2009): A design proposal for the Municipality of Caguas, PR. It includes proven sustainable technologies and new ideas about passive survivability and transformability. Click here to download
Inventory & Conservation of Centenary Ceiba Trees – Quebradillas, PR (1977): Instrumental in the saving of two majestic specimens in the municipality of Quebradillas. Because of their long life, they now stand as a symbol of time and mark the entrance to the western region of the island.  Click here to download
URBAN-e is the 2nd prototype for a solar/electric urban micro-car based on a French chassis redesigned/repurposed for Urbano Green Works in Puerto Rico by Abruña & Musgrave. Click here to download
EcoHab affordable Green Homes, San Juan, PR. (2013) 1st housing units with Energy Star and LEED for Homes Gold certifications in PR. Click here to download
Nieves Nazario Residence, Guaynabo, PR (2001): A suburban house that explores the Spanish colonial architectural vocabulary with a contemporary tropical flair. Click here to download
Dorado Elementary Eco School - Dorado, PR (2008-2012) This 76,000 SF facility was the 1st public School registered and awarded a LEED Gold Certification, in Puerto Rico, through the US Green Building Council. Click here to download
Nieves Nazario Residence, Guaynabo, PR (2001): A suburban house that explores the Spanish colonial architectural vocabulary with a contemporary tropical flair. Click here to download
(L to R) RG Mortgage Bank, Manatí (1992), Caguas Central Bank, Ponce(1989) We have designed and remodeled numerous branches for different banks that operate locally. These fluctuate in size from 1K to 5K SF.  Click here to download
Historic recycled/restoration projects in Puerto Rico, 1978-2010  The office has been involved in the recycling of more than 40 historic structures in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, adapting new uses to existing buildings. These vary in size and complexity and include: (left to right) #107 San Sebastian St, #100 Cruz St and Casals Museum  Click here to download
Casa del Horizonte (The Horizon House) Lajas, PR (2014-15). A sustainable private residence with water and energy independence features a Lunar Lamp to maintain dark skies in the immediate environment. Click here to download
Florápolis Eco Habitat - Puntas del Mar, Rincón, PR (1995) A sustainable community designed using vegetated walls to separate house lots. Maintenance costs were covered with supplemental income from the operation of an ecotourism facility and various rental units, owned by the community. Vehicular traffic was hidden from users through an ingenuously designed road system  Click here to download
“Solaria” – First pre-designed, EcoHouse (2009) Commissioned by “Villas Mi Antojo”, a leading housing enterprise, this pre-designed, affordable housing prototype won the Green Builder Best Affordable Integration award in 2011 and is exhibited on the campus of the University of Turabo. Click here to download
EcoHab affordable Green Homes, San Juan, PR. (2013) 1st housing units with Energy Star and LEED for Homes Gold certifications in PR. Click here to download
“Niños Uniendo al Mundo”, Caguas, PR (2002) 1st private eco-school designed and built in PR. This Montessori school was developed with a minimal budget and incorporates natural ventilation and day lighting, a recycling program and gardening activities, among others. Six of the seven acres were preserved for the integration of nature and architecture. Winner of EPA’s Environmental Quality Award.  Click here to download
Publications: Dr. Abruña is a best selling author of books focusing on Sustainable Design and Construction. Many of them are used as textbooks in architecture and engineering schools in PR and Central America. For more information and where to purchase his publications, Click Here.
Patio House, San Juan, PR (1988): A suburban house that “builds” a vegetative threshold between the public façade and the intimate interior spaces with a patio as an integral part of the architectural solution. Click here to download
1st Solar Decathlon House – Washington, D.C. (2001-02 ) Designed and built through the Architecture and Engineering Schools, Univ. of PR. Developed as a joint effort between academia and private industry, the house won 2nd place in the most important event of the competition judged by Pritzker Laureate Glenn Murcutt  Click here to download
EcoHab Neighborhood (2009): A design proposal for the Municipality of Caguas, PR. It includes proven sustainable technologies and new ideas about passive survivability and transformability. Click here to download
Endless Landscape - Anywhere, The World (1990) A conceptual proposal for a vegetated cylindrical space put into motion by the weight of the user while walking in it, to create a continuous natural strip. Click here to download
Carmelo Feliciano Elementary School - Culebra (2003-06) The 1st Public Eco-school for the Public Buildings Authority. This very successful prototype includes natural ventilation and day lighting of all spaces, rain water harvesting, reuse of gray waters, solar water heating. Photovoltaics provide 30% of the school’s energy needs. Click here to download
Sustainability Master Plan for Plaza Las Americas (2008) Prepared for the largest, most successful shopping mall in the Caribbean. A rainwater harvesting system will cover 100% of it’s water requirements. Click here to download
Campus Rider Solar /Electric Car: Designed for Urbano Green Works by A&M, it accommodates two passengers and offers a 20 mile range after two days of solar exposure; can be recharged overnight with a 120-volt ac outlet. Click here to download
Aerotectonic Parachute House - Anywhere, Everywhere, Planet Earth (1977) A free falling parachutist sprays an expanding foam to the underside of his parachute while floating to the ground forming a basic sustainable shelter for human habitation.  Click here to download
Carmelo Feliciano Elementary School - Culebra (2003-06) The 1st Public Eco-school for the Public Buildings Authority. This very successful prototype includes natural ventilation and day lighting of all spaces, rain water harvesting, reuse of gray waters, solar water heating. Photovoltaics provide 30% of the school’s energy needs. Click here to download
Plaza House, San Juan, PR (1988): A suburban house that brings into play the public and private realms of daily living as part of the same architectural solution…Public above, Private below. Click here to download
Planetary Energy Generator (1986): A proposal for the use of the rotational forces of the Earth to generate energy through friction. The source point would be located in a non-populated latitude. Patent Pending Click here to download
The International Network House - Anywhere, Everywhere, Planet Earth (1978) Living at high speed, the traditional house can be envisioned as having all its spaces freely distributed throughout the planet. Click here to download
Plan for the sustainable development of the rural zone of the Municipality of Carolina. PR (1993-95) Click here to download
BrightShade Eco Window (2014): The design evolution of the tropical jalousie window Patented by A&M (Patent No: US 8,820,010 B2) in conjunction with Valcor Windows. It includes built in shading trays that protect the glass jalousies. When closed the trays act as a storm shutter. Click here to download
Cruz #100 -Old San Juan, PR (1999) A restoration of a Neoclassic historic building for a housing developer. The 120 X 20 feet size of the house presented a design challenge that was solved by incorporating the interior patio as an integral part of the living spaces in a three story architectural solution. Click here to download
Axesa Communications Building, San Juan, PR (1989) A simple architectural solution for an office building in the heart of the metropolitan area. Energy Conservation features and strategies were important in it’s 2011 LEED EB Certification. ©2011 by Professional Offices Park Click here to download