8 Architectural masterpieces inspired by Nature.

5. The Beijing National Aquatics Center

The Beijing National Aquatics Center
The Beijing National Aquatics Center

The Beijing National Aquatics Center otherwise known as the Water Cube is another infrastructure commissioned by the Chinese Government for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. At first glance, the entire building looks like a cube of water and bubbles, but a closer look reveals that the infrastructure is made from a steel space frame clad with ETFE, a fluorine based plastic.

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6. Beijing National Stadium

the Bird’s Nest Stadium

The Beijing National Stadium or better known as the Bird’s Nest Stadium was designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China. As the name implies, the stadium looks like a giant bird’s nest made out of 110,000 tons of steel.

7. The Gherkin,london

The Gherkin
The Gherkin

“This was one of the first environmentally progressive buildings in the UK city of London,” says Tang of 30 St Mary Axe, the UK’s iconic skyscraper more commonly known as “The Gherkin”.

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Completed in 2004, the 180m tower has an air ventilation system similar to sea sponges and anemones, Tang points out.These creatures feed by directing sea water to flow through their bodies.And similarly, The Gherkin is supported by an exoskeleton structure, and is designed so ventilation flows through the entire building.

8. Taipei 101

Taipei 101 is located in the Xinyi District in Taiwan’s capital city – Taipei

Taipei 101 is located in the Xinyi District in Taiwan’s capital city – Taipei. It was formerly known as the Taipei World Financial center and was ranked as the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2009. The building was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and was inspired by the indigenous slender bamboo that the country sees as an icon of learning and growth.

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Kunsthaus Graz

Kunsthaus Graz

Like some colossal, stranded deep-sea blob, the biomorphic Kunsthaus Graz rises up amid angular, red-roofed buildings.

Dr Marcus Cruz, who was involved with planning the Kunsthaus in Austria along with main architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier says the building took inspiration from natural forms but didn’t mimic them exactly.Cruz’s own research included looking at microscopic images of sea creatures.