Our built environment is regularly influenced by nature: we learn from the structure of our plants, trees and landscape, and our designers adapt and innovate to produce stronger more resilient cities - reflecting our own evolution. But sometimes inspiration is realised in a much more literal sense. These buildings create an urban garden on a giant scale and seem to be bursting into flower.
Tibilisi Public Service Hall, Georgia is an office building that consists of 11 different sized and shaped petals that are supported by steel tree branches. Architects: Massimillano Fuksass, Image: Copyright © Moreno Maggi
Wuhan Energy Institute, China was inspired by the Calla lily, reflecting the sustainable nature of the building. Architects: Soeters Van Eldonk architecten
The ArtScience Museum in Singapore was derived initially from geometric analysis. The museum was not directly inspired by floral concepts but is in fact attached to symbolic interpretations of the such. Architects: Safdie Architects, Image: Chia Ming Chien
Massar Children's Discovery Centre, Syria is inspired by the Damask rose, the building will house exhibition, library, education and administration space. Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Bolton Eco House was a proposal by Make Architects who designed this house to be embedded into a hillside, surrounded by flora and meadow grasses.