Designing with Nature exhibition, courtesy of Daniel Hewitt Designing with Nature exhibition, courtesy of Daniel Hewitt
Designing with Nature exhibition Designing with Nature exhibition
Designing with Nature exhibition, courtesy of Daniel Hewitt Designing with Nature exhibition, courtesy of Daniel Hewitt
Designing with Nature exhibition, courtesy of Daniel Hewitt Designing with Nature exhibition, courtesy of Daniel Hewitt

Natural design: Architects look to nature for inspiration

19 : 03 : 2014 Designing With Nature : Architecture : Biomimicry

London - What might the built environment look like in a biomimetic future? Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature is the first-ever exhibition to show the restorative impact of biomimicry on architectural design.

In architecture, biomimicry is an approach that incorporates ideas and functions from natural systems in to design. On display at The Architecture Foundation in south London, the exhibition includes works from four innovative projects by architecture and design studio Exploration Architecture.

The works are displayed on tables with 3D-printed legs, while prototypes, plants and insects are hung in clear plastic boxes. The first concept in the installation is The Biomimetic Office, a model that rethinks office design using influences from animal biology, such as cuttle bone for structure and polar-bear hair for thermoregulation. The Mountain Data Centre, Sahara Forest and Bio Rock Pavilion are also featured in the show and highlight the latest technological developments to bridge biology and architectural design.

Architects are looking to nature for solutions to design problems. For more on how science and technology are influencing design, read our top ten future materials.

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