Sustainable Architecture: Learning from Nature & The Magic of Symbiosis

Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain—Leonardo daVinci

I’m a science fiction author and the alien race in my book “Collision with Paradise” live 100% sustainably in a cooperative and synergistic partnership with their environment, including intelligent organic houses with self-cleaning floors and walls, heated, fueled and lit by organisms in a commensal relationship. Everything works on a natural cycle of harmonious renewal and natural evolution.

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Lace Hill: A Living Green Mountain Building for Armenia

An interesting article was published on inhabitat.com: Instead of designing a large glass-faceted building for a new mixed-use development in Yerevan, Armenia, Forrest Fulton Architects came up with a giant living man-made mountain! The entire facade of the hill-shaped building is covered in native plants, which act to absorb heat, filter air and water, and provide habitat to animals and insects, while the entire surface is irrigated with recycled graywater. Inspired by traditional Armenian lace needlework, Lace Hill, is punctuated with recessed windows, has interior voids that act as cooling towers, and includes many other sustainable building strategies.


Birmingham, Alabama-based Forrest Fulton Architects wanted to avoid designing yet another towering glass structure for the mixed-use development. Instead they chose to create a structure whose form more closely resembled the surrounding hills of Yeravan, located between the Black and Caspian Seas. The hill development proposal is 85,000 sq meters (900,000 sq ft) and incorporates retail and restaurants on the bottom floor, office space on the north side, and a hotel and apartments on the south side, which has great solar access and the best views. Parking and car access is completely underground, so no automobile traffic mars the approach of the sloping hillside, which eventually connects to a open space and park to the west of the structure.

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Solaris Singapore Development

SOLARIS is located in the research and business park in central Singapore’s one-north community. The building is a flagship project in the first phase on this locality. Fusionopolis is an R&D hub for Infocomm Technology, Media, Physical Sciences & Engineering industries which is intended to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship in these fields. This masterplan for the visionary mixed-use development was prepared by Zaha Hadid Architects.

SOLARIS has been certified BCA GreenMark Platinum, the highest possible green certification granted by Singapore’s sustainable building benchmark (eg. LEED, GBI, GreenStar, BREEAM, etc..). The building’s overall energy consumption represents a reduction of over 36% compared to local precedents and the high performance façade has an External Thermal Transfer Value (ETTV) of 39 W/m2. With over 8,000 m2 of landscaping, Solaris also introduces vegetation which exceeds the area of the building’s original site.

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Sustainable Architecture: Learning from Nature & The Magic of Symbiosis

Sustainable Architecture: Lear…

22 October, 2014

Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are lab...

Projects

Lace Hill: A Living Green Mountain Building for Armenia

Lace Hill: A Living Green Moun…

22 October, 2014

An interesting article was published on inhabitat.com: Instead of designing a large glass-...

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The Artifex Tower - Comming soon

The Artifex Tower - Comming so…

06 November, 2012

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Solaris Singapore Development

Solaris Singapore Development

06 November, 2012

SOLARIS is located in the research and business park in central Singapore’s one-north comm...