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HABITAT 2020: Future Smart ‘Living’ Architecture


One of the most effective ways to cut down the ecological footprint of buildings  is to follow the lead of nature through biomimicry. Habitat 2020 is a future forward example of biomimetic architecture that fuses high-tech ideas with basic  cellular functions to create ‘living’ structures that operate like natural  organisms. This nature-inspired approach to city living looks at the urban landscape as a dynamic and ever-evolving ecosystem.  Within this cityscape, buildings open, close, breathe and adapt according to  their environment.

The Habitat 2020 building is envisioned for China, and radically alters our  perception of a structure’s surface. The exterior has been designed as a living  skin, rather than a system of inert materials used only for construction and  protection. The skin behaves like a membrane which serves as a connection  between the exterior and interior of the habitat. Alternatively, the skin may be  considered as the leaf surface having several stomata, cellular openings involved in gaseous exchange and transpiration  in plants.

The surface would allow the entry of light, air and water into the housing. It  would automatically position itself according to the sunlight and let in light;  thus electricity for lighting would not be needed during the day. The air and  wind would be channeled into the building and filtered to provide clean air and natural air-conditioning. The active skin would be capable of  rain water harvesting where water would be purified, filtered, used and  recycled. The skin could even absorb moisture from the air. The waste produced  would be converted into biogas energy that could be put to diverse uses in the  habitat.

+ Philips Design Probes

Via EcoFriend



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