8 Architectural masterpieces inspired by Nature.

Aerial View, Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

– Albert Einstein

People say that necessity is the mother of all invention. But in most cases, a necessity is brought about by change, and Mother Nature is one of the best examples of something that is always changing. Our environment’s ever shifting nature has allowed both plant and animal life to evolve and adapt to be able to survive.

This amazing process has long been a source of inspiration for designers, engineers and architects for their building projects. This is because these designs are not just aesthetically pleasing but are also practical and innovative as some of them also take on the adaptive features of the things they were based on.

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Here are 8 examples of awesome architectural designs inspired by nature.

1. Center for Disease Control in Taiwan

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL COMPLEX_TAIWAN
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL COMPLEX_TAIWAN

This design by Manfredi and Luca Nicoletti was an entry for a design challenge for Taiwan’s new Center for Disease Control BioLab. The two buildings nicknamed as the Biolab Squadron were inspired by the shell of a nautilus and features interlacing geometric incisions in its outer skin.

2. Chicago Spire in Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Spire is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Spire is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois 

The Chicago Spire is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois that was inspired by a seashell. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was developed by Shelbourne Development.

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Although the project was supported by a lot of people in Chicago, the developer faced numerous financial difficulties and design revisions which eventually caused the project’s end.

3. Lotus Temple in New Delhi

The Lotus temple in New Delhi, India
Lotus Temple in New Delhi

The Lotus temple in New Delhi, India was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba who took the lotus flower as his inspiration for the project. The temple is the site of worship for followers of the Bahá’í Faith.

4. Aldar Headquarters Building in Abu Dhabi

Aldar Headquarters Building in Abu Dhabi
Aldar Headquarters Building

The Aldar Headquarters Building in Abu Dhabi is one of the most unique and striking infrastructures in the city’s skyline. It was voted as the Best Futuristic Design of 2008 and was inspired by a seashell.

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