Architectural Impact on Environment: Biomimicry
If I could design and have the most significant positive effect on my environment, then I would consider myself a successful designer. One of the techniques I was recently introduced to was the idea of â€śbiomimicryâ€? in archietcture. I didnâ€™t quite have a handle on the concept, so I did some research. Biomimicry is using nature and its behaviors to design architecture with similar characteristics. Some of the renderings for biomimicry are outrageous. It looks lika a giant critter or flower in bloom taking over the city. I would take an appraoch to design that wasnâ€™t litterally biology taking over, but systems like water retantion and cooling systems taken from nature incorperated in the design.
Finca Bellavista: A Sustainable Rainforest Community
on the base of an almost 6,000 foot primary rainforest mountain on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica - not far from the Pan American Highway, Finca Bellavista was created with the sole purpose of preserving 300 acres of local rainforest by offering a unique opportunity for ecologically minded property owners to live sustainably in and steward a managed rainforest environment.
Ecological Research Building at Stanford
One of the most interesting and innovative systems introduced to the building was the use of a hydronic system to cool down the the building. Water is sprayed thinly on the roof at night. During the coolness of the night, the water is chilled as it runs down the roof loosing heat to the night sky. It is then stored into a highly insulated water tank, where it is later used for the cooling system of the building during the day providing an energy saving of around 90% from that of a typical chilled water system.