The fall harvest season is upon us once again and to celebrate, we've rounded up seven architecture and design projects that are built from, inspired by, or mimic an assortment of seasonal vegetables. While pumpkins and gourds are most often used as food and decoration, these Mother Nature-influenced designs will inspire you to consider their design potential as well. From corn husk-shaped pavilions to a giant village built from 50,000 pumpkins, click through to see all of the harvest veggie-inspired designs!
If you’re worried about what to do with an overabundance of corn, you could always follow in the footsteps of StAndré-Lang Architectes and build a giant home clad in corn cobs. The 20-square-meter circular structure won first place in the inaugural Archi.
This rotund orange home in Thailand has long been one of our favorites on Inhabitat for its adorable shape and incredibly low construction cost of just $8,000. Built by former Delta Airline flight attendant Steve Areen, this pumpkin-like dome home was built with locally made concrete bricks.
Green-roofed and clad in orange walls, this residential complex visually pops right out from the lush Portuguese hillside. Designed by MSB Arquitectos, the sprawling and colorful series of abodes evokes the image of a giant pumpkin patch.
Inspired by Mexico’s long relationship with maize, architecture firm Loguer Design wrapped Mexico’s pavilion for the 2015 Milan World Expo in a dried corn husk-like facade. The prefabricated membrane will help filter in daylight and protect the interior from direct sunlight.
Since ancient times, dried gourds have been celebrated for their many functions, including uses as bottles, instruments, and birdhouses. Andrew Mowbray has developed a new kind of function by growing and drying the gourds into the shape of modular cuboid building blocks. This inexpensive, organic, and sturdy material could pave pathways in sustainable architecture.
While it probably won’t whisk you to the ball, this Cinderella pumpkin-inspired pop-up meeting room is perfect for open-plan office environments. Designed by edg Creatives, this award-winning structure is made from polycarbonate panels wrapped around a steel frame.
Every year, the Dallas Arboretum builds an enormous Pumpkin Village made from tens of thousands of various gourds. The nationally acclaimed installation uses as many as 45 different varieties of pumpkin, squash, and decorative gourd.
Lead image via the Dallas Arboretum