Biomimetic architecture was employed for this office complex where the concept mimics nature. The design process was approached used also included sustainability and structure. A concept development matrix was used to explore the different forms, their pros and cons prior to selection of the final form for the CUBIST LEAF building design. The selected form was further aesthetically reinforced through the influence of carefully analysed art styles. The art influenced form was then subjected to different arrangement possibilities taking important design factors into consideration.
The leaf form in its most natural configuration forms a volume beneath the petal which retains the leaf form concept and allows for easier articulation of the spaces beneath the petal. When dried the leaf petal reacts to the loss of moisture and deforms in an irregular manner this becomes a form which can be very complex to actualised. Fresh leaf however, has a more consistent natural deformation. Both deformation characteristics as well as the leaf shape can be explored for architectural purposes by taking into account its effect on: movement within the building, structure, rainwater harvesting potential, aerodynamics. 48 different design approaches (for the Nottingham proposed office complex) to the leaf form was explored and the simple leaf form adopted for many more reasons not mentioned here.
June 30, 2019