Inspired by Nature: Plants: The Building/Botany Connection

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A look at how nature serves as a source of inspiration for contemporary architecture.Nature has always furnished stimulating ideas for the design of architecture. This collection of buildings, both vernacular and by important architects, from houses to hotels, schools, and commercial and industrial projects, reveals conscious and unconscious visual analogies with the plant world and explains why natural forms make good models for structure.

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Overview

A look at how nature serves as a source of inspiration for contemporary architecture.Nature has always furnished stimulating ideas for the design of architecture. This collection of buildings, both vernacular and by important architects, from houses to hotels, schools, and commercial and industrial projects, reveals conscious and unconscious visual analogies with the plant world and explains why natural forms make good models for structure.

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The Sante Fe New Mexican
“Every building example in this photo-heavy book is fascinating both architecturally and as a reflection of...plant strategy.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732511
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Inspired by Nature
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alejandro Bahamón, an architect, photographer, and editor of architecture books, is the author of numerous publications on contemporary architecture, including Sketch Plan Build, The Magic of Tents, Treehouses, Glass Houses, Houses on the Edge, and (with Ana María Álvarez), Light Color Sound. He lives in Barcelona.

Alex Campello is an architect who lives in Spain.

Patricia Pérez, a landscape engineer, directs the landscape architecture department at the Diputación de Barcelona and is a professor in the master of landscape architecture program at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Light and Spatial Arrangement 10

Lucky Drops Atelier Tekuro Tekuro, Atelier Masahiro Ikeda Ikeda, Masahiro 12

Sharp Centre for Design Alsop Architects 22

Las Palmas Parasite Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten 30

Fire and Police Station Sauerbruch Hutton Architects 36

Children's Room Laboratory of Architecture 46

Water Control 54

World Birding Center Lake I. Flato Architects 56

New Barcelona Activa Headquarters Roldan + Berengue Arquitectos 62

Houses in Maasbommel Factor Architecten 68

Temperature Control 74

Somis Hay Barn Studio Pali Fekete Architects 76

Sfera Building Claesson Koivisto Rune Rune, Claesson Koivisto 84

Mill Center for the Arts Pugh + Scarpa, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple 92

Extreme Conditions 98

Mountain Bivouac Miha Kajzelj Kajzelj, Miha 100

Turbulence House Steven Holl Architects 108

Svalbard Research Centre Jarmund/Vigsnaes Architects 116

ESO Hotel Auer + Weber Architekten + Assoziierte 124

Defense 132

Dutch Embassy Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects 114

Magasin 3 Block Architecture 142

Brillare Klein Dytham Architecture 148

Homologies 154

Sudwestmetall Offices Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten 156

Leaf Chapel Klein Dytham Architecture 164

Buffon School Edouard Francois Francois, Edouard Duncan Lewis Lewis, Duncan 172

Billboard Building Klein Dytham Architecture 178

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Rene Gonzalez Gonzalez, Rene 184

Index of Architects 190

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