Pine Cone Adaptive Shading

An adjustable shading system that adapts itself independently over the course of the day, without sensors or motors and largely maintenance-free? It really is possible: an ETH doctoral student at the Institute for Building Materials has developed an alternative to motor-driven sunshades.

Biomimicry Architecture - Esplanade theater

Biomimicry Architecture #3

Parametrichouse: The Esplanade theater and commercial district in Singapore by DP Architects and Michael Wilford host an elaborate skin inspired by the Durian plant. The external shading system is also responsive in that the triangular louvers adjust during the day to the suns angle and position. “A secondary sun shading lattice is used with folded [...]
Biomimicry Architecture #2 - Eastgate Centre

Biomimicry Architecture #2

Parametrichouse: In this biomimicry architecture project we are taking a look at the Eastgate Centre as an example for Biomimicry. The Eastgate Centre is a shopping center and office building located in Harare, Zimbabwe. Rather than using a traditional fuel-based air-conditioning system to regulate temperature within the building, the Eastgate Centre is designed to exploit [...]

Biomimicry Architecture #1

Parametrichouse: In this biomimicry architecture project we are taking a look at the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-2017 as an example for Biomimicry. The team studied how the larvae spin silk "hammocks" that stretch between a leaves to develop key principles for long-span -fibrous construction.Mimicking with the moth's webs, the resulting pavilion features a bending-active substructure [...]
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