David Sasaki, Architect   
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Biomimicry: Laboratory and Vision Centre   Posted on September 1st, 2006
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Categories: M.Arch Design Studio

This exploration into biomimicry began with the inspiration provided by the Venus Flower Basket – a glass sponge found at the bottom of the ocean. The Venus Flower Basket is almost entirely composed of fibre optic bundles which act to illuminate the sponge via ambient light collected from the ocean floor – allowing symbiotic relationships to occur with other sea-life.

Bending light to mask the only necessary density of a building, namely its structure, came to the forefront when asked to design a biomimetic building. The Biomimicry Vision Centre was designed to bring public awareness to biomimicry by providing a space to showcase visions through a biomimetic concept for building and construction.

A continuous and modular structural system was conceived in order to bring the interplay of light and structure to the forefront of a visitor’s experience – ultimately enlivened by their vertical traversal through the building. The fenestration system is composed of capsules of fibre optic cables which collect light from the exterior via lens plates, and transfers this light via optical bundles to emitting plates. Using optical fibres in this system also retains the registration of the sun’s movement and the general lighting conditions which are occurring exterior to the building, thus providing a greater connection to the rhythms of the sun.