BIOMIMICRY

Design Innovation Inspired by Nature

BIOMIMICRY
/bʌɪəʊˈmɪmɪkri/

(noun)

The design and production of materials, structures, and/or systems that are modelled on and inspired by biological entities and processes.


Do you have a nature-inspired design in architecture, design, fashion or technology?

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Then we want to see it!

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

- Albert Einstein

 

winner

Symbiotic Architecture: Space of Emotional Saturation

Karina Ashrapova
(Russia)

Modern man, who is a biological species, continues to live in artificial cities. Urban environment provokes negative psychological state of the person. It is necessary to provide a symbiotic relationship between nature, technology, bio-materials and architecture for harmonization of emotional level of the person, visual ecology, urban saturation, formation of an architectural environment. For the competent shaping of architectural space and adding emotional qualities for architecture spaces, the principles of perception of an architectural environment with the natural parameters and principles of functioning of natural organisms were brought out. The principles of perception of architectural environment by natural settings: –…

runner up

Nautile

Guillian Graves & Michka Mélo
(France)

*Nautile* is an innovative kettle of which conception was inspired by the Living in order to reduce environmental impact. The environmental achievements of classical kettles remain unsatisfactory. Through an approach mixing industrial design and biology, we developed a sustainable and efficient alternative to the traditional kettle : Nautile. Nature inspired this electric and combustion kettle’s forms, materials, structure and internal mechanisms as well as the manufacturing process, in order to minimize its energy consumption, which is 80 % responsible for its environmental impact. In its marine ecosystem, the nautilus moves by precisely controlling water volume fulfilling different cavities of its…


Honourable Mentions:

PROJECT BREATHE

Amber Goveas
(Canada)

Lichens are composite organism that arises from algae living among filaments of multiple fungi in a symbiotic relationship. When they grow on plants, they do not live as parasites but instead use the plants as a substrate. They can grow on almost any surface. The primary function of Lichen is re-oxygenation. This project analyses this idea of symbiotic relationships. Breathe stands for 3 things – breathing new air into the city, new life into a building, and a new home for the homeless. The exoskeleton serves as an ecological habitat, creating a air purifier facade, and a community for plants…

Rain Bellows

Rachael Meyer, Alexandra Ramsden, Jennifer Barnes & Michele Richmond
(USA)

Rain Bellows is an architectural solution utilizing building facades to clean and store stormwater for reuse. Inspired by the form and function of the Ice Plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, Rain Bellows showcases its storage capacity by expanding the exterior skin of a building until water is needed. In addition to our biomimicry design we showcase our methodology as part of our competition entry. This five step method allows design through biomimicry to become a more approachable design strategy. Breaking down the steps into a simple sequence helps translate strategies from nature into design ideas. Our challenge starts with water. Every organism…

SYMBIOSIS

Despina Linaraki
(Greece)

The expansion of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea influenced by coral reef formation and anatomy and the reinvention of the living system based on the symbiosis between humans and water. This project reinvents the method that formulated Mumbai after the artificial connection of the original seven islands (1970-2015). Research evidence has proved that the artificial connection, which stopped the natural flow of water, cause of floods and high levels of pollution that lead to numerous diseases. Starting from the question of how the city would grow if it were going to grow physically, the project proposes the future urban growth…

OYSTER + TOWER = OYSTOWER

Jori Erdman & Christopher James
(USA)

“I have an immoderate passion for water… especially for marshes, teeming with all that mysterious life of the creatures that haunt them. A marsh is a whole world within a world, a different world, with a life of its own, with its own permanent denizens, its passing visitors, its voices, its sounds, its own strange mystery.” ― Guy de Maupassant, The House of Madame Tellier and Other Stories The coastal zone is one of the most bio-diverse and dynamic environments in nature. Yet, due to pollution, subsidence and sea-level rise, coastal zones are also the most threatened environments in the world. The…

Folium: A Biomimetic Water-Repellant Bicycle Seat

Brook Kennedy
(USA)

In cities worldwide, bicycling is an activity essential to modern life both for commuting and pleasure. Bicycles have improved in lightness, performance, and in many other ways since the 19th century. Bike share programs electric assist e-bikes have been growing in popularity.  The bike seat too has evolved to serve many different riding styles from commuting to racing. Comfort and appearance have been widely advanced. Still, a wet bicycle seat is a common nuisance after a rain shower. Most seats which have leather, vinyl or other synthetic fabric covers gather or even attract water when it rains! The result is…

Circle of Life

Vicky Chan, Gordon Laplante, Erica Wong & Leo Lei
(USA)

Circle of Life is a method of construction that treats architecture as part of the life cycle of the building site. What if architecture can grow, blossom and die naturally just like a living organism? Instead of leaving a permanent footprint, what if it morphs over time? Architecture will still serve the purpose of habitat but it will overcome the traditional sense of a permanent structure. Architecture will become permanent in the form of carbon. The carbon that is stored in the material never leaves the site. It recycles on site from one form to the next. This natural process…


people's choice

Berkeley Aquatic Park Algae Energy Pavilion

Chloe Huang
(USA)

The Algae Energy Pavilion is a conceptual design that will provide multi-functional elements to the Berkeley Aquatic Park in the City of Berkeley, California. As a shading structure, the pavilion extends from the open space area at the southeast end of the park with five “branches” arching over the pedestrian pathway into the lagoon. To resolve the eutrophication problems that occur when excessive nutrients in the water creates toxic algae blooms, the branches remove algae from the water’s surface. As an alternative energy producer, the structure will store and house the algae, and grow them for harvest. An attached underground…



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Meet our panel of world class experts and fellow designers!

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Marko Brajovic

Atelier Marko Brajovic (Brazil)

Marko Brajovic

Atelier Marko Brajovic (Brazil)

Alexander Walter

Editor, Archinect + Bustler (USA)

Alexander Walter

Editor, Archinect + Bustler (USA)

Jan Utzon

Director, Utzon Associates Architects (Denmark)

Jan Utzon

Director, Utzon Associates Architects (Denmark)

Richard James MacCowan

Biomimicry UK (UK)

Richard James MacCowan

Biomimicry UK (UK)

Timothy McGee

LikoLab (USA)

Timothy McGee

LikoLab (USA)

Yaniv Peer

Exploration Architecture (UK)

Yaniv Peer

Exploration Architecture (UK)