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Architectural Innovation Inspired by Nature

Architectural Innovation Inspired by Nature
Architectural Innovation Inspired by Nature, © Flickr CC User kudumomo
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From bricks grown from bacteria to cement derived from the reef building process of coral, biomimicry has taken the world by storm. A collection of products inspired by this phenomenon are showcased in Bloomberg’s article “14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry,” ranging from transportation breakthroughs to ingenious feats of engineering. Read on after the break for two highlighted architectural inventions inspired by the natural world.

Architectural Innovation Inspired by Nature, © Flickr CC User kudumomo
© Flickr CC User kudumomo

Beijing's National Aquatics Center, built for the 2008 Olympics, is a prime example of biomimicry. Known as "the Watercube," the design derives its shape from the make-up of soap bubbles, which coincidentally strengthens its resistance to seismic activity. Each plastic "bubble" serves a higher purpose within the space, capturing air warmed by the sun and transferring its heat into the pool. Made of a highly durable plastic, the Watercube's surface is protected from the sun's damaging effects, weather, and settling dust.

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© Flickr CC User garunaborbor

Recent strides in engineering have also produced this biomimicry feat: Spiderweb Glass. Inspired by a particular collection of spiderwebs that use silk threads to reflect ultraviolet light, Spiderweb Glass seals an ultraviolet-reflecting coating into its surface. The coating's placement mirrors that of a spiderweb and serves to warn birds (which cannot perceive regular glass) of the obstacle. 

To view more incredible examples of biomimicry, visit bloomberg.com

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Cite: Holly Giermann. "Architectural Innovation Inspired by Nature" 03 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/604846/architectural-innovation-inspired-by-nature/> ISSN 0719-8884
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