For innovators of every variety, nature is worth looking to for inspiration. All living organisms have evolved over millennia to best survive their environments. In doing so, they’ve perfected elements and processes that can be applied to myriad human concerns — from leading us to engineering and medical solutions, like needles that pierce skin as painlessly as mosquito bites, to simply helping us make our creations more efficient and beautiful, like Kohler’s elegant rain-simulating shower panels. Here are some of the ways nature has highkey influenced human design.
When they’re not making mini yachts that kinda resemble Darth Vader’s helmet, the creative folks at Jet Capsule are crafting UFO-shaped floating homes. And they hope to actually build and release them into the wild as soon as 2018.
What began as an ambitious project to create the world’s first transportable, environmentally friendly five-star boutique hotel morphed into Autonomous Tent, the stunning semi-permanent structure you see before you.
To some folks, blending with nature means installing a fancy plant in their office. For others, it means planting themselves amidst the dense vegetation growing in the Brazilian rainforest. The latter is the motivation behind Studio MK27’s Casa Na Mata.
Having whetted our appetites with two earlier iterations of their Floating Seahorse luxury homes (long since sold out), Dubai developer Kleindienst has just launched their latest watery wonder: The Signature Edition.
The phrase “micro-unit” conjures up all sorts of lifestyle tradeoffs, like Murphy beds, mini-fridges, and toilets in the shower. This tasteful space has a bed that stays put, a full-sized kitchen, and room for a bathtub (!), all in an area that’s a little over 300 square feet.
When you think of supertalls you probably think of pricey real estate—not leafy parks in the sky. A new 1000-foot tower going up in Manhattan provides a more interesting take: Hanging gardens that twirl down the exterior of the building like a giant green exclamation point marking the end of the High Line.