Bored from looking at the same old dull blocky buildings? We are, too! This is why we collected some of the most exceptional buildings unlike anything you’ve seen before because these structures are in the shape of flowers! Inspired by the beauty of the elegant flower, the designers of these structures created buildings that are unique and amazing. The flower experts at Phoenix Flower Shops have posted them here for you to enjoy.
Wuhan. Wuhan New Energy Centre. Photo: Soeters Van Eldonk
Soaring into the air is an enormous stylized calla lily, the flower on which this design is based, and it the home of Wuhan’s energy center. Considered one of the most sustainable buildings in the world, it’s fascinating the architects looked to nature for inspiration on creating an alternative-energy structure. The roof of the flower tower is tilted at an angle so that it not only provides shade to the offices underneath during the hottest days of summer but also to face the sun and absorb its energy with solar panels that cover the surface. Additionally, the roof collects rainwater so it can be redistributed throughout the building to provide water for the restrooms and rooftop gardens. The pistil-shaped structure houses vertical wind turbines to harness the power of the wind for an additional energy source. At the base of the flower, research labs are located in the leaf-shaped buildings.
Lotus Temple, Dehli
Lotus Temple view from above
A beautiful large blossoming lotus flower is a welcomed bit of nature within this concrete urban landscape. This wondrous structure is designed to resemble the lotus flower highlighting its beautiful symmetry. The lotus blossom is also a flower sacred to India. Three rows of nine petals each make up the exterior of this structure. The top two levels curve inwards towards the interior dome while the lower levels curves outwards to provide covered canopies above each of the nine openings. The exterior of the building is clad in white marble adding to the pristine and shimmery nature of this beautiful flower. The interior of the dome is decorated only with reflections of light and water instead of any idols or carvings. Open to all people of any faith or religion, this temple is an homage to the creator and uses nature in the form of sunlight and water to capture the essence of creation. The reflection pools surrounding the structure not only provide cooled air to the inside but also gives the illusion of the temple floating on water.
ArtScience Museum in Singapore
ArtScience Museum from above
A striking, radiating design that also appears light and airy, the ArtScience Museum building is an amazing example of modern architecture. Based on the form of a lotus blossom, there are ten petals of various height that rise up in an elegant, curving fashion. Each petal houses a separate section of the art gallery and the oblong skylight at the tip of each one allows for natural sunlight to illuminate the galleries. The dish-shaped roof has a central opening for channeling rainwater into the building creating a waterfall which drops down through the center of each floor of the entire building. It ends on the lowest level in a reflection pond. The rainwater is reused to allow for the waterfall to continuously fall, as well as to supply reclaimed water to the restrooms and exterior landscaping.
Lotus-inspired Motisons Tower
Nightly Light Show at Motisons Tow
Three enormous bejeweled lotus leaves sprout from the top of this building in what has become a popular landmark for tourists in the city of Jaipur. Deep, jewel-toned colored lotus leaves rimmed in gold hints as to what lies inside this famous jewelry store. At night, the blossoms light up in an amazing display of LED colors which pulse and change in an endless variation based on the owner’s whim. Veins of white crawl across the surface of the petals in a dynamic and organic fashion that is really a wonderful spectacle to see.