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September 26th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

It’s no secret that architecture draws inspiration from nature. Biomimicry in architecture is the art of modeling buildings and systems after elements of nature with the intent of solving complex human problems. Examples can be seen around the world. Many well-respected and notable architects such as Buckminster Fuller, Frei Otto, Ross Lovegrove, Santiago Calatrava and Frank Lloyd Wright were known for their work in this style of design. Below are a few stunning examples.

1. Redwoods Treehouse , New Zealand – a pod shaped structure drawing inspiration from insect cocoons designed by Pacific Environment Architects.

Redwoods

2. Bahá’í House of Worship, New Delhi, India – draws inspiration from the lotus flower. Designed by Fariborz Sahba.

Lotus-Temple

3. The Eastgate Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe – modeled after termite mounds, the building is ventilated and cooled entirely by natural means. Designed by Mick Pearce.

Eastgate

4. Tod’s Omotesando Building, Tokyo – Designed by Toyo Ito in an effort to push the standards of traditional walled structures. The building mimics the shape of the elm trees that stretch along Omotesando Avenue.

Omotesando-Building

5. The Quadracci Pavilion, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – inspired in part by birds and by the waves of Lake Michigan, this structure features movable steel louvers (wings). Designed by Santiago Calatrava.

MKE-Art-Museum

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