Buildings That Behave Like Plants

Check out Habitat 2020, a nature-inspired building that makes today’s LEED Platinum structures look about as cutting edge as Stonehenge. “The exterior has been designed as a living skin, rather than a system of inert materials” used only for protection, reports Inhabitat. In fact, the building’s walls look a lot like the surface of a leaf seen under a microscope, with countless stomata, the openings that regulate plant transpiration and exchange of gases with the atmosphere. Like a leaf, the architectural skin automatically positions itself to let in sunlight — no artificial lighting would be needed during the day — funnel air into the building for natural cooling, and harvest rain water. It can even absorb moisture from the air. The concept is being developed for housing in China. 

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