Ever heard the phrase "less is more"? This is a principle we see constantly in nature. The natural world is a showcase of efficiency, constructing systems that prevent waste and ensure survival of the surrounding ecosystem. Students at The School of Architecture at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, have incorporated natural principles into a temporary research pavilion inspired by Mother Nature's affinity for sustainable design.
The shell-like structure is called Bowooss, which, roughly translated, stands for “bionic optimized wood shells with sustainability”. The pavilion’s perforated design resembles a bug’s shell or oval-shaped beehive. Although it’s more open than enclosed, the structure demonstrates both remarkable strength and portability.
The unique pattern used to construct this pavilion lets in natural light from every angle, while still providing lightweight, sustainable shelter. It’s easy to imagine how, if strategically covered with some sort of insulating material, such a criss-crossed design could be used to build affordable residences for low-impact home enthusiasts.
For now, the Bowooss pavilion offers a unique place to relax on campus while also testing a new technique for architects to consider. The pavilion was even outfitted with swinging hammocks for passersby to rest in.