A New Wonder of the World

  • 28 Jul 2010
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Check out this video from metacafe of an amazing piece of architecture….an ant hill! After pouring a ton of cement into the ground (actually – make that ten tons) to take to the shape of all the tunnels, a team removed about 40 tons of soil to reach the ant hill. The underground network is an intense system of main tunnels and branching side routes with short connections to decrease circulation time. The planning, as the video states, is so cohesive that it seems to have been designed by an architect. It is phenomenal that thousands of ants could design and construct this system that extends over 50 sqm and 8 meters down. It makes you wonder what other architectural masterpieces are hidden from view…

If you like this, be sure to check out The Truffle, another natural creation, yet this one is man made.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "A New Wonder of the World" 28 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=70843>
  • Richie

    That’s incredible.. it’s amazing how they have all that geometry wired into their tiny brains. Must have killed millions of them pouring all that concrete though.

  • juan

    …”it is phenomenal that thousands of ants” have died due to the foolish curiosity of humans.
    Beautiful structure, outrageous way to reveal it: this was a crime.

  • demian

    look, it´s amazing what wild life can do, but this is obviously a genocide, what are you thinking!!? that was the home of thousands of ants, are you nuts!!? it wouldn´t be easy discover that using a sonar or something like that?…common, this is sick in a bad way >:(

  • gijsmans

    Do not confuse nature with architecture. They are opposites.

  • Jakub Bukaj

    poor ants :(