When it comes to art, flowers can provide a wealth of inspiration. The same can be said about designers and architects. Just like almost any species or natural classification, there are a variety of different flowers that each have unique characteristics. From an architectural point of view, the wide range of options that floral designs provide can be extremely useful and actually lend themselves well to structural design. From spider lilies to magnolias, flowers have been used as inspiration for some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. Here are 5 beautiful floral-inspired architectural designs.
Arguably the most famous of all floral-inspired structures, the Lotus Temple features the strongest resemblance to an actual flower. Obviously inspired by a lotus flower, the building includes intricate petal-shaped walls made of white marble that was shipped in from Greece. The building itself is located in Dehli, India, and is a Bahá’í House of Worship that welcomes people of every faith.
The MAXXI Museum, more formally known as the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, is home to an incredible architectural marvel. Zaha Hadid’s Roman-inspired museum includes Choi Jeong-hwa’s beautiful, inflatable sculpture that also resembles a lotus flower. The exterior is draped in metallic gold, while the inside is full of air, making it one of the largest inflatable art pieces in the world.
Hangzhou Sports Center
The Hangzhou Sports Center was built for the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the newest structure on the list. Standing in the culturally-advanced city of Beijing, world-renowned architecture company NBBJ designed it to display a lotus-like façade, with the outer walls wrapped in white petals.
Prentice Women’s Hospital
The Prentice Women’s Hospital is a historical piece of architecture that has unfortunately been demolished. Finished in 1975, it was a part of the Northwestern University campus in downtown Chicago. The Bertrand Goldberg-design was one the first whose plans were made using a computer. The concept was developed with a cloverleaf layout.
Quizhong Tennis Center
The Quizhong Tennis Center in Shanghai is one of the coolest sporting venues in the world. It features a dynamic roof, consisting of eight individual pieces that were designed to resemble the petals of a magnolia. Depending on the weather, the roof can open and close.