Nature has influenced much design in different sectors including architecture. Biological adaptation is the have evolved over numerous centuries, and humans have copied some these adaptive designs when coming up with tools, machines, and buildings. Architectural designs inspired by organic or rather biological structures often benefit from the superior aesthetic appeal increases durability that stems from evolutionary adaptability of the inspirational structures and the creation of comfortable and natural ambiance. One such piece of architecture that is inspired by the organic structure is the Leaf House located in Australia.
An Undercurrent Architects’ design, the Leaf House is located at one of Sydney’s private residence. The buildings leaf resembles fallen leaves. The roofs are supported by steel tubes that resemble winding roots and glass panels enclose the building’s interior. Some rooms are tucked under the sandstone surround to enhance privacy. The 3-D curved glasses used are effective in blurring views if the building’s interior thus improving privacy. Nature inspired contemporary space enjoys the landscape and ocean view. Space is mostly used for work but is equally ideal for guest retreats, yoga and meditation bearing in mind it rich natural ambiance ("Undercurrent Architects. Leaf House", 2017).
Humanity is significantly inspired by the vast amounts of biological structures that we are exposed. The majority of this structure have unique forms that can be harnessed in architectural designs and thus enhance diversity and creativity. Immense potential awaits to be exploited in bio-architectural designs. One particular idea that can be exploited is the mimicking of water lily leaf structures in architectural designs in areas with relatively low water current speeds. Such areas that are securely sheltered from rough ocean sea or lake currents can be used as site locations for stationery hotels designed like water lily’s but having transparent underwater sections that allow people to observe shallow seabed life. The architectural structures can equally be designed as homes or floating outdoor resting areas.
Undercurrent Architects. Leaf House. (2017). Undercurrent Architects. Retrieved 12 March 2017, from http://www.undercurrent-architects.com/projects/leaf-house-sydney-australia/