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Figure 1 Architectural designs and Nature (Mocah, 2022)

Many contemporary constructions create barriers between humans and nature. Architectural designs play a vital role in nature, and it is critical that architecture and nature are harmoniously balanced. Here are some ways you can do that.

Biomorphic architectural designs

This is one of the nature-inspired architectural designs that draw influence from natural forms. These inspirations come from the shapes of leaves, trees, animals, or abstract forms. These kinds of designs bring people closer to nature.
One example of such architectural designs is the ‘Aqua Tower in Chicago,’ which was created by the Gang architect’s company and is inspired by Limestone outcroppings.

Figure 2 Limestone – Inspiration of The Skyscraper (Notapaperhouse.com., 2014)
Figure 2 Limestone – Inspiration of The Skyscraper (Notapaperhouse.com., 2014)

Biomimetic Architectural designs

This is another sort of nature-inspired architectural design that mirrors natural systems and processes. Because nature is adaptable to any climatic or climatological shift, architecture designers are profoundly influenced by this system. That is the driving force behind yet another method of merging nature and architecture.

One example of such architecture is the Eastgate Center, inspired by termite activity. Architect Mick Pearce used termite creativity to create this natural cooling system for Zimbabwe’s largest commercial structure.

Termites are capable of mounds skyscraper-like buildings with complex tunnels. these tunnels ventilate well because of the way they are organized.

Figure 3 Termite Inspired Building That Cools Itself (National Geographic, 2021)

Landscape designs and open spaces

Landscape architects use the phrase “open space” to describe land spaces that are purposely kept undeveloped as fields and forests while the land around them is developed into buildings.

Figure 4 landscape design and open space (ShutterWorx, 2011)

The coexistence of architecture and nature creates a positive and fresh feeling in individuals. It also minimizes environmental damage on a bigger scale. While this technique dramatically reduces environmental harm, it also improves man’s relationship with nature.

Natural building materials

Figure 5 cabin wooden house and building (Poco, 2022 )

The use of natural materials as construction materials is a terrific method to strengthen the relationship between nature and architecture. The use of natural materials like wood, clay, stone, and so on creates a natural ambiance. It also conveys the sense of nature to the interior. This produces a comfortable living or working atmosphere, which increases the building’s simplicity as well as a person’s optimism. Moreover, using colors such as green, gray, sky blue, and earthy browns foanimaund in nature, produces a feeling of harmony between humans and nature.

Animal-friendly architectural designs

When it is stated that linking nature with architecture, it is not reasonable to say that it is just with natural materials and lands. When merging nature with architecture, it is equally necessary to consider the many life-forms of nature.
Cotswold’s eco-housing scheme is one example. It employs a wildlife-friendly approach that includes roofs with plants and flowers that attract insects and birds.

Figure 6 Cotswold’s eco-housing (Rethinking Internet Media Pvt Ltd., 2021 )

The architectural design of “The orange cube”

The architectural design of the Orange Cube, designed by Paris-based Jakob and Macfarlane Architects, serves as the headquarters of the real estate business Cardinal Group as well as the Design Showroom RBC.
This structure’s architectural design is bird-friendly. It is a £10 million project that focuses on daylight, thermal performance, and ventilation.

Figure 7 the orange cube (Gonsalez, 2021)

Architectural designing using sustainable techniques

Methods such as the utilization of solar panels, natural heating, and cooling systems, waste disposal, and rain-water harvesting systems give vital resources to the building’s users while also reducing the impact on nature on a broader scale.

Figure 8 Solar panels on walls, Nursery (Rethinking Internet Media Pvt Ltd., 2021)

The Nursery was established in a sloping park in a German residential area. To have as minimal influence on this sensitive location as possible, the architects planned the structure as a compact volume partially immersed in the slope. The folds, which are covered with Ertex Solar’s custom-made photovoltaic panels, are directed toward the sun to enhance solar energy generation. The panels have a mirrored surface that helps this amazing structure blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature.

Buildings natural interior elements and a great view

Figure 9 Building with a view (Dera. T, 2018)

Even when they have opinions on nature, humans tend to feel linked to it. Having a view of the surrounding natural environment and having sunshine within the building is another approach to connect architectural designs with nature.
Furthermore, interior design may be related to nature as well. Interior designers today utilize human-centered techniques to address a living or working environment, considering people’s physical and mental demands. Architectural designs can create multi-sensory experiences. These interiors link individuals to nature, which inspires people, promotes productivity, and improves well-being. Aside from these advantages, it also helps to reduce stress and boost creativity.

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