The beauty of a flower has oftentimes been captured in paintings, sculpture, and photography, but in architecture? Until recently, the technology and building materials didn’t allow for the fluid and rounded shapes of flowers to be represented in buildings, but, now, architects are not only looking to nature, and to flowers, for design inspiration but also on constructing green buildings too. Here at Billy Heroman’s we’ve assembled some of the most forward-thinking and green buildings that also are shaped like flowers.
Wuhan. Wuhan New Energy Centre. Photo: Soeters Van Eldonk
Considered one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable buildings in the world, the Wuhan Energy Flower building is a remarkable feat of green construction. The architects turned to nature and focused on the majestic Calla Lily as their inspiration for designing a sustainable building. The angled flower petal roof not only provides its own shade to the offices located in the tower, but as the roof faces the sun it captures the energy of its rays with solar panels which cover the surface. The golden “pistil” rising out of the center of the flower structure has wind turbines inside to harness the power of the wind which is converted to energy. Rainwater is collected and reused to water the roof-top garden on the 17th floor and for the bathrooms. This building also employs the principle of natural air ventilation for the offices. A truly stunning building in its design and efficiency – all inspired by the beautiful calla lily.
Lotus Temple, Dehli
Lotus Temple view from above
An incredible structure shaped like a lotus blossom, the Lotus Temple is one of the most visited temples in the world. Open to all faiths, religions, and races, this structure is remarkable for its pureness of beauty and simplistic organic shapes and lines. Three levels of nine petals surround the interior dome with the top two rows curving inward and the bottom row curving outward with each petal forming a canopy above each of the nine entrances. The exterior of the structure is clad in white marble panels and in front of each entrance are reflecting pools in the shape of lotus blossom leaves. The large interior can fit up to 2,500 people and lacks any sculptures or carvings one would expect to find in a temple. The Baha’i faith believes in the Oneness of Religions and therefore does not have any idols for someone to pray to. There are no priests or ceremonies that take place here either. Rather, it is a harmonious, symmetrical gathering place for people of all religions, faiths, and races to come and find inner peace.
Lotus Inspired Conference Center in Wujin, China
Wujin Lotus Conference Center
The lotus flower is represented in the three buildings here in its form as a bud, ripened flower, and fully blossomed flower.
Magnolia-like Qizhong Tennis Center
Qizhong Tennis Center
The beautiful magnolia flower is the inspiration for this steel retractable roof.