Manchón de las Flores is how families Parkes Ince and González Martel originally named the ranch when they first bought the lands in 1970. The name has been kept because we think it perfectly fits with the idea that we want to share about what a healthy and natural place should be.
MDLF gives Tenerife an innovative initiative that combines (based on European models of development in alternative therapies in nature) quality tourism, leisure and sports offered to people from all ages.
We have created an original space dedicated to different activities, all of them under the same quality standards. A place for teaching, with alternative therapies, leisure and sports, placed in a natural and privileged space. Its geographic location is fundamental and facilitates the development of the activities involved with the project. The ranch is located at Púlpito Mountain, between La Laguna and Tegueste counties. Is has 19.000 m2 of terrain with 800 m2 of construction.
The ranch is at a 600 m height, approximately. To the North is Los Álamos area and to the South La Laguna city, so it is located in the middle of the three climatic fringes of the Tenerife island, enjoying then an oceanic weather. At El Púlpito Mountain the weather is cold and humid, encouraging the formation of clouds that benefit the soil with dew and fog. Precipitations reach between 500 and 1000 mm/year although the soil is very impermeable.
The location of the mountain determines the predominance of trade winds during the whole year. This, with an altitude of 600 m above sea level results in a combination of mild temperatures (15°- 20°C), constant humidity and rainfall. The endemic vegetation consists of Lausilva forests (Laurel, Viñátigo or Perse Indica, Small-leaved Holly) and Fayal-Brezal forests in the most arid places.
Our intention is to reinforce the identity of Manchón de las Flores with a proposal based on the architecture and rehabilitation. We aim to create a unique space, different from the rest in the island; therefore the project is based on a bioclimatic and sustainable architecture. The bioclimatic architecture involves designing with consideration of the climatic conditions and using the natural resources such as the sun, vegetation, rain and wind; so that the environmental impact is reduced. We work with innovative techniques in land treatment such as permaculture.
It is a design system for the creation of human sustainable environments. The word itself is a contraction not only of “permanent agriculture” but also of “permanent culture” because cultures can’t survive without sustainable agriculture and an ethic use of the land. Permaculture deals with the relationship between animals, plants, constructions and infrastructures such as water, energy and communications; and the way they are located in the landscape. The idea is to create ecologically correspondent and economically possible systems that can provide for their own needs, don’t pollute and that can be sustainable. Permaculture is based on the observation of natural systems, the wisdom in traditional farming systems and the modern scientific knowledge. Bill Mollison