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Bio-Mimicry

Water research center

Bio-mimicry drives this design concept, learning from nature’s regulating processes to inspire an understanding of architecture in sync with the environment.

The project aims to amalgamate the land mass and bodies of water with a dam constructed on existing pillars to form a hybrid landscape. The building evolves into a kind of living creature or organism with a roof-like structure opening or closing according to the seasonal rainfall.

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Perceiving architecture as a form of action in a symbiotic rapport with nature
 
 
Top “Next Generation” prize to bio-mimicry concept in South Africa
 
“Architectural design as a research platform to explore and discover yet uncharted terrain” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 for Africa Middle East
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Project Details
Location
Fika Patso Dam, South Africa
Authors
Jurie Swart
MAIN AUTHOR
Jurie Swart
South Africa
Prizes
Awards
"Next Generation" 1st prize 2014
Middle East Africa
RELATED INFORMATION
VIDEO
"Bio-Mimicry - Water research center" fly-through
"Bio-Mimicry - Water research center" fly-through

Bio-mimicry drives this design concept, learning from nature’s regulating processes to inspire an understanding of architecture …

VIDEO
“Sustainability? Activating architecture by the site” – Jurie Swart
“Sustainability? Activating architecture by the site” – Jurie Swart

“Bio-Mimicry: Water research center” at Fika Patso Dam, South Africa won the Next Generation 1st prize. Author Jurie Swart …