The Bionic Tower embodies tomorrow’s architecture.
The Bionic Tower design moves beyond the superseded modernist concept of extruded footprint and applied curtain wall to create a fully integrated intelligent façade that harvests its surrounding environment to create maximum energy efficiency and user comfort.
Structure and ornament
The Bionic Tower unifies structure, space and architectural expression similar to naturally occurring systems of organisation. Learning from nature and advanced computing technology enabled LAVA to conceive structures of incredible lightness, efficiency and elegance. The intelligence of the smallest unit results in the intelligence of the overall system.
The intelligence of the overall system
By parametric modelling of the ‘behavioural logic’ the system has been constantly optimized throughout the design process to create a ‘whole’ that is greater than the sum of its parts. Instead of an array of individual elements the building behaves like an organism or ecosystem. Just as nature envisions organic regeneration, so the design proposes a natural system of organic structure and organization.
The design proposes a naturally occurring system of structural organization that generates a building embodying efficiencies found within natural structures and architectures. The building acts as a system, with a skin that controls air pressure, temperature, humidity, air pollution and solar radiation.
The proposed facade is an intelligent automation of surface to address pragmatic issues such as ventilation, solar access and water collection.
No building skin today approaches the performance of the biological world. The traditional curtain wall is passive, lacking the power to adjust to the fluctuating external environment. It should be able to intervene actively in the buildings struggle to maintain its internal stability.
New materials and technologies enable an adaptability, responsiveness, environmental awareness and strength not seen in conventional architectural design. Architecture has to perform as an ecosystem within the organic tissue of the city. Architecture of the future is not about the shape but about the intelligence of the system.
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