We are separated from nature by our houses. At least, that’s the idea we’ve had until now. Architecture that uses biomimicryPermaculture and other practices that preserve nature in buildings are a green alternative.
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Jamie Miller, Director of Biomimicry at B+H Architects, is an advocate for sustainable building practices such as biomimicry in order to combat the climate crisis. Biomimicry helps to create an ecosystem. architectural alternative that preserves the beauty of the natural world around us, but does not diminish the biodiversity of the places where we live and do our jobs. Now the B+H Architects’ newest residential project shows us how a home can blend right into nature itself.
A house that blends into the landscape
“Imagine stepping inside a house that disappears into a forest all without ever leaving the city,” B+H said.
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A landowner in Bengaluru, India wanted to achieve just that, connecting his home to nature within a dense urban area. He didn’t just want to live with nature around him, he wanted to have nature eventually immerse the structure.
As a result, the landowner hired Jamie Miller to help, whose work harnesses biomimicry, permaculture and eco engineering. B+H designed the house for the client using rammed Earth as its primary structure. The designers re-created various structures, including termite mounds made of elephant skins and forest canopies, to create passive cooling. The house also makes use of wind and solar energy to heat and lighten the home.
Overall, the house looks like it is on a hillside. Trees are planted on several levels of the roof. Over time, a forest will develop on all levels of the roof, providing privacy and cooling. green space. The homeowner will have little to no effort in allowing nature to blend into the environment.
Permaculture creates circular foods systems
Permaculture plantings at the home’s edges support a self-sustaining food network. gardens. These planters can be customized to include food, flowers, or native plants if desired by the homeowner. It reduces space, energy, and carbon footprint.
Although the region’s rains are seasonal, the system is still able to provide water for its own use and can even recycle the water. And the inclusion of nature doesn’t stop at the Green roofsFront door. This home is redefining the type of structure a house can be by planting trees on its lawns.
Biomimicry is a sustainable sense of the word
Biomimicry is a way to make past homes and buildings less destructive to the environment. It also makes them more beneficial for the environment. Climate. Imagine a world in which buildings produce more energy than they use, and where tiered permaculture plants on building facades can increase vertical green space in an urban jungle.
“While there is an urgent need to embed a nature-based approach into architecture, planning and Design, industry-wide application and awareness is not where it should be,” said Jamie Miller. “In recent years, we have often focused on our own man-made advancements and ignored the lessons to be learned from the world around us. This is a strategy that has rendered us collectively short-sighted. Perhaps it’s time we embrace new models, and a new mentor, in nature.”
Images via B+H Architects