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Botanic Architecture

Baubotanik, or botanic architecture is the art and science of creating structures out of growing plants. A program at the University of Stuttgart in Germany explores the possibilities of this new architecture.
The architects begin with stabilizing elements—iron rings, polyester bands, steel grids—and environmentally-appropriate plants that are designed to grow around the armature, becoming stronger at structurally-critical junctures. "Plants have learned to carry heavy loads," says Ferdinand Ludwig, the team's biologist and botanist. "We want to explore what is possible when trees are re-thought as building support structures." After a period of natural growth, the reinforcing elements can be removed, and the structure is comprised entirely of plant elements. By leveraging the "constructive intelligence" of organic forms, Baubotanik architects have designed a pedestrian bridge, a bird-watching house, and a willow pavilion.

Read more about these projects at Garden Design. Link -Thanks, Claire!

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