The 21st century has allowed new ways for architects to reveal their creative vision in more fluid and natural forms. This is seen in several structures designed to resemble a flower. Not only are these buildings distinct and beautiful, but most are also “green” in their construction, making them truly in tune with nature.
Wuhan. Wuhan New Energy Centre. Photo: Soeters Van Eldonk
When designing a new building for the Wuhan Energy Center, the architects looked to nature and found inspiration in the Calla Lily. Signifying prosperity and hope, this flower perfectly reflects the mission of the energy center which is to develop alternative energy sources. The shape of the Calla Lily is a remarkable fit for the architects’ ideas of a “green” building. The exceptional result is a huge success with the Energy Flower Building considered the world’s most sustainable building. At the base of the flower are leaf-shaped buildings that house the energy center’s laboratories. The tower that rises from the base is over 450 feet tall and holds the main offices. The roof is shaped like the rounded Calla Lily “petal” and is tilted so that it provides shade to the below offices to keep them cool during the hot summers. Also, the roof is covered with solar sheets and faces the sun to continuously capture and store the sun’s energy. The roof also traps rainwater and recycles it for the toilets and garden. Within the “pistil” which rises high into the sky are vertical wind turbines used for harnessing the energy of the wind which is then used to power the building. It’s inspiring to recognize that the answers to energy conservation and efficiency are found when we look to nature and see the simple, humble flower.
Lotus Temple, Dehli
Lotus Temple view from above
The awesome Lotus Temple, officially named the Baha’i House of Worship, is shaped in the form of a lotus blossom. and is a temple open to all faiths and religions without prejudice. Instead of images or sculptures of idols, the design of this building employs the elements of light and water for decoration. Composed of 27 petals surrounding a central dome in three rows, each one is clad in white marble panels creating a shimmering look. Once inside the temple, you will see the shape of the lotus blossom in the architectural ribs of the dome and in the windows at the apex. Encircling the exterior of the temple are 9 reflection pools designed to give the illusion the Lotus Temple is floating on water. The pools also help keep the inside cool as fresh air moves across the water to within.
Lotus Inspired Conference Center in Wujin, China
Wujin Lotus Conference Center
Designed after the lotus blossom when it’s fully bloomed, the colors and design of these structures are stunning.
Magnolia-like Qizhong Tennis Center
Qizhong Tennis Center
This large sports stadium includes a retractable roof comprised of 8 large petal-shaped sections that, when opening, mimics the magnolia as it blossoms.