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07.08.2014 | Design

ARCHITECTURE HIGHLIGHTSINSPIRED BY NATURE

Where great architecture melds with the landscape, new horizons open up. Nature herself is one of the world’s greatest architects. We show here just what can be created when innovative architects learn from nature:

Mestia Airport, Georgia
This airport in the small Georgian town of Mestia, designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer H., is a remarkable building in many ways. With an area of only 250 square meters, it is very different from the conventional, outsize structure of modern-day airport complexes, being light, transparent and, thanks to its unusual curved shape, almost ironic. Mayer H. has dispensed with sharp geometrical lines and has instead imprinted the building with his unmistakable signature by using flowing, organic shapes that have been inspired by nature.

Hut on Sleds, New Zealand
A beach house on wheels – or, to put it more precisely, on runners. The New Zealand firm of architects, Crossan Clarke Carnachan Architects, has achieved a little masterpiece with its “Hut on Sleds” which has been carefully thought out down to the last detail. In an area of just 40 square meters, there is adequate space for up to five people to be accommodated and enjoy the view. The glass frontage opens up a fantastic vista of the sea and, since the windows can be slid back completely, the border between inside and outside virtually disappears. At the moment the house is still standing on New Zealand’s sparsely populated Coromandel Peninsula – but perhaps not for much longer as a relocation is already being planned. The beach house can be transported without difficulty, with the help of a cable winch, a special substructure, and a vehicle with a powerful engine.

The Tree Snake Houses, Portugal
High society discovered the famous hot springs of Pedras Salgadas back in the 19th century, treating themselves to time-out at the spa of that name. In 2013 this luxurious spa was converted into a premium eco-resort which now attracts those in search of relaxation and architecture fans in equal measure. The spa’s brilliant makeover is thanks to Portuguese architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade, who added 15 houses to the spa complex’s historical buildings. Two were designed as tree houses which “snake” out on long walkways into the untamed landscape.

Son La Complex, Vietnam
The aim of the restaurant in the Son La Complex in the Vietnamese province of the same name was to create a place in which regional and modern construction styles merge together. The result is a sustainably designed building whose unobtrusive, austerely geometrical façade of natural stone offers a striking contrast to the almost sacred look of the rooms inside. Hundreds of bamboo trunks bear the open roof structure of the eight separate blocks of the Son La Complex, creating impressive perspectives. The openings to the garden and adjoining body of water ensure a pleasant climate in both summer and winter.

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