Biomimicry and Architecture

Materiality & Architecture, UNSW | 2008


Abstract: This study looked at the influence of nature (particularly in the field of biomimcry) in architecture and how this may effect our process of design and standard of living.

Precedents analysed included the PTW’s Water Cube as inspired by the self-supporting structure of polyhedra existing in soap bubbles; the Eastgate Centre in Harare, which adapts the termite ecosystem as an analogy primarily for structure, ventilation and humidity control; and hydrophobic surfaces and materials influenced by the lotus effect. These are just a few examples of how smart buildings and building materials can be whilst learning from nature as demonstrated in this essay.