Biomimicry

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about biomimicry

NewsNews • 22 Jan 2021

Structural work on Sou Fujimoto’s Hungarian House of Music is completed

In the designs for the highly anticipated House of Hungarian Music project Sou Fujimoto aims to dissolve the boundaries between the building and the Városliget park surrounding it. The key element is a large floating canopy structure punctured with holes that represents sound waves.  Liget Budapest Project The voids function as light wells to flood the interiors with natural light in the same way as the foliage of trees. The park gradually changes into a big floating roof that Sou Fujimoto describes as an “architectural forest”. Liget Budapest Project Sou Fujimoto adds lightness and transparency to the building in some places by implementing 12 metres high glass walls. The walls are made up out of 94 cust... More

NewsNews • 30 Jun 2020

Biomimicry informs the solar sensor-based façade of this intelligent, adaptable family home

Hive is a private residence in Gujarat, India designed by Openideas Architects as an intelligent, adaptable, and sustainable family home. Its architecture features a solar sensor-based façade inspired by hexagonal structural patterns found in nature such as honeycombs and carbon crystals.  Hexagonal solar sensor-based façade - click on image for detailed drawing This unique façade design is based on structural strength, transformability, and concepts of biomimicry. Casting patterns that change with the path of the sun, the unique opening mechanism of the façade responds to light exposure and thermal comfort levels within the house.  Yash Parekh, Fabien Charuau The building form itself was al... More

Project • By Ant StudioPavilions

PANGOLIN PAVILLION

The dynamism of Contemporary Architecture and its postulates keep facing numerous amendments in terms of new techniques, materials, and ways of construction. Parametricism or Parametric Architecture is one such style that emerged out of advanced ideas of computation and digital animation techniques, moulded into the built world.   With the help of this mechanism, today designers can choose to recreate any form that seems relevant. However, the primary concern at hand, is whether these can be manifested to address pertinent global issues related to the environment, climatic changes and animal abuse.   We at Ant Studio, have always endeavoured to create designs that generate a conversation by blending such avant-garde processes... More

Project • By DP ArchitectsExhibitions

Rhizome House

As the only selected Asian and Singaporean finalist entry, DP Architects’ “Rhizome House” design was handpicked to be one of 14 lighting installations built for the Illuminade route of the prestigious Amsterdam Light Festival.The light structure was on display to an estimated 1 million visitors from December 15 2016 – 8 January 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.“Rhizome House” was chosen from 500 submissions worldwide in two categories impacting the water-based Water Colors route and land-based Illuminade route of the festival. Sited at the Hermitage Dock, one of the premier locations along the walkable Illuminade route, the “Rhizome House” light installation was highly visible due to its proximity to the canal, making it observable from t... More

Project • By RAUOffices

Triodos Bank

The natural surroundings of the Estate were considered during the development of the new office. The design and construction are centred around principles of nature and biomimicry. Biomimetic architecture seeks solutions for sustainability in nature by following its set of principles and using it as a model, taking inspiration from natural designs and processes. Building heights have been adjusted to remain below the treeline. Bat flight routes were respected, and a special light plan was developed to prevent disorientation and to protect fauna. The energy-neutral building consists of sustainable materials and a demountable, wood-hybrid construction, which was designed by Rau Architects and constructed by JP van Eesteren... More

Project • By Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesCathedrals

Notre-Dame Cathedral

A Gothic & Biomimetic Forest For The CathedralNotre-Dame cathedral, which has been keeping watch on Christian and Western culture since the beginning of its construction eight centuries ago, nearly saw its end in the historic fire that devoured its roofs as we watched on in disbelief. Reflecting the all-spiritual splendor of our material and sacred heritage, this sublime lady has undoubtedly reminded us of the frailty of our life and our civilization. What is more, this powerful fire has awakened our dystopian imagination and somewhat echoed the Church's current identify crisis, as well as the environmental challenges we are facing through climate change.Now, as we start thinking about Notre-Dame's reconstruction, questions arise as to... More

Project • By Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA)Research Facilities

Denver Botanic Gardens Science Pyramid

The Botanic Gardens' new 5,258-square-foot Science Pyramid's iconic design reflects a blend of progressive design, sustainable technologies and biomimetic principles that mirror the building's purpose—the advancement of science. Intended to showcase the fascinating research being done at the Gardens on contemporary botanic and environmental issues as well as topics like the global steppe climates, the new space will empower visitors to become citizen scientists and do their part as ambassadors for global conservation as a part of the Gardens' broader mission. Various projects conducted under the Gardens' Center for Global Initiatives will also be featured.Client: Denver Botanic Gardens (Brian Vogt, CEO) Green inside and out, Denver Botanic... More

Project • By Vaillo + IrigarayResearch Facilities

CIB - BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTRE

BIO-MIMICRY Y BIO-TIPES The camel, the polar bear and the leaf: the project aims to link with the content of the program: Bio-Medical Research, through the implementation of the biomimicry (adaptation of biological systems and human devices) in the process of generation architecture They take these three bio-reference types to achieve similar adaptive systems .The camel as a paradigm for functional section Defense from extreme climate conditions causes the occurrence of bumps as stockpiling ( water, food, fat…) As well as the camel’s anatomy expands towards his function requires (in other kind of animal it would become a functional deformation-malformation) in this building bumps and hollows are generated were required by the function: with... More

Project • By Tonkin LiuSculptures

Shell Lace Stent prototype

Tonkin Liu Architects design ground-breaking medical deviceLondon-based architects Tonkin Liu are taking their expertise beyond architecture with the invention of an innovative new medical device.The practice, founded by partners Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin, have created a prototype stent for use in the trachea (windpipe). The stent is a new type of Shell Lace Structure – the practice’s signature single-surface structural technology designed and developed through a decade of research for architectural and engineering applications.Tonkin Liu’s novel Shell Lace Structure uses biomimicry to abstract principles from natural structures such as molluscs and plants. Working with engineers Arup and scientists from the Natural History Museum, the pract... More

Project • By ArchiBloxPrivate Houses

Blackburn House

This family home is nestled amongst the gums, cantilevering dramatically over the sloped site so it feels more like a treehouse than a regular home. With views from the site cascading down the hill towards Gardiners Creek Reserve in Melbourne’s Blackburn, this modular home crafted by ArchiBlox harmoniously embraces the natural context of the surrounds whilst maximising the sustainable orientation of the site. Separated into two wings to maximise the views, both forms cantilever dramatically over their lower edges sitting above the natural ground level. The living area wing is elevated and sits proudly over a rocky native garden giving privacy to the living spaces within. Jutting past the adjoining bedroom wing with massive windows wr... More

Project • By Vali HomesPrivate Houses

Loma Linda 2

Loma Linda 2, the second home from Arizona-based VALI Homes, combines timeless design details, modern construction and energy saving technology that goes beyond what would be needed for LEED Platinum certification. The single-family home, located in the historic Loma Linda district of Downtown Phoenix, is constructed next to the first Vali home on the same infill lot. VALI continues to perfect its cost-effective green building techniques in its second home utilizinginsulation and passive house designto keep this home beyond energy efficient – allowing it to create more energy than it consumes. The east and west exposure of the home is limitedwhile a stylish 4-foot overhang shades the southern exposure. Biomimicry one-inch thick custom st... More

Project • By Architects of InventionHotels

Coral Holiday Apartments

The project implies construction of an upscale lifestyle community comprised of a professionally serviced apartment complex, located on the reclaimed part of the main island of Seychelles – Sailwin. The project includes advanced infrastructure: spa-complex, several restaurants and a club-house with a pool and a private marina. Project site has a direct access to the beach. Concept – biomimicry - Coral This is a new type of a biomimetic architecture that seeks solutions for sustainability in nature, not by replicating natural forms, but by understanding the rules governing those forms – it follows a set of principles of combination of unit through a script translated into a form. It takes its beginning in the examination of a coral, its... More

Project • By Institute for Computational DesignPavilions

Elytra Filament Pavilion

V&A reveals new installation fabricated by a robot for first ever Engineering Season Today, the V&A marks the start of its Engineering Season with the unveiling of the new installation, Elytra Filament Pavilion. The pavilion is the outcome of four years of ground-breaking research on the integration of architecture, engineering and biomimicry principles. The project explores how biological fibre systems can be transferred to architecture. The 200m² pavilion structure is inspired by lightweight construction principles found in nature – the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra. Elytra’s components have been fabricated by a robot at the University of Stuttgart and assembled on site in the V&A’s John M... More

Project • By AHROffices

Abu Dhabi Investment Council New Headquarters - Al Bahr Towers

The design concept for AHR’s innovative competition winning design is derived from an algorithmic composition, informed by Islamic principles of design, that has been supplemented by the application of a dynamic translucent ‘mashrabiya’ which opens and closes in response to the movement of the sun, reducing solar gain on the building facade by up to 50%. The resulting composition seeks to create a building which is both culturally and environmentally responsive, reflecting the aspirations of the brief while also respecting the emergent Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan. The building has been designed as LEED Silver and was completed in September 2013. Brief The project brief required two 25-storey towers to create an outstanding landmark building tha... More

Project • By SchilderScholte architectenCultural Centres

Pani Community Centre in Bangladesh

The Dutch foundation Pani commissioned the architectural office to design an educational building in the north Bengal town of Rajarhat. The architects couple embraced this pro bono assignment coming from ideological motives and knowledge sharing. Thus realizing an environmentally friendly building based on Muslim values that contributes to the community in a significant way. 'the goal is to train the poor and landless in this Muslim community, improve the hygiene and work on education, reduce child mortality and ensure economic independence eventually making the financial support of the foundation superfluous!' The architectural starting point was to realize a building using materials and skills from within a 25 km radius from the site.... More