As florists, we love all things flowers, including these amazing flower-shaped buildings! These innovative and remarkable structures were created by architects who were inspired by the beauty of flowers. Take a look at the collection of these awesome structures the flower experts at Robertson’s Flowers have put together for you.
Lotus Temple, Dehli
Lotus Temple view from above
A beautiful marble-clad concrete lotus flower blooms in the urban landscape around it. The Lotus Temple is a place of worship open to all people of all faiths and religions. The design is that of the Lotus Blossom which is the sacred flower of India. Three rows of 27 petals encircle an interior dome. The inside of the temple has no idols, carvings, or pictures. Instead, reflected light from the sun and reflection pools provide the only decor. It is meant to make people contemplate and think about nature and all creation. The nine reflection pools outside each of the entrances are in the shape of lotus blossom leaves which give the illusion the Lotus Temple is floating on water.
ArtScience Museum in Singapore
ArtScience Museum from above
The ArtScience museum is another building inspired by the lovely Lotus Blossom. In this structure, there are 10 petals radiating and rising up around the center of the flower at different heights. Each petal contains a different type of art gallery. The tips of each are capped with rectangular skylights so natural light can illuminate the curving walls of the gallery. In the center of the dish-shaped roof is a hole in the structure that collects rainwater. The rainwater forms a waterfall that flows through the center of every floor of the building, The water is also recycled to create a continuous waterfall and for the restrooms and exterior landscape. The base of the building is buried underground which gives the illusion of the flower part above to be floating – Just like an actual lotus blossom looks as it floats across water.
Lotus-inspired Motisons Tower
Nightly Light Show at Motisons Tower
When coming across Motisons Tower, you can’t help but be impressed by the enormous colorful leaves sprouting from the top of this building. Three large lotus leaves rise up into the sky from each side. The rich jewel tones of the leaves rimmed in gold are striking. For the real spectacle and magic of this building you will have to wait until night time. That is when the Lotus leaves come to life with bright LED pulsating colors that change every few minutes. It is a structural marvel and a wonderful example of what modern architecture can do.
Wuhan. Wuhan New Energy Centre. Photo: Soeters Van Eldonk
The Wuhan energy flower is an amazing example of modern sustainable architecture. Inspired by the calla lily, this structure soars into the sky and has a circular roof that tilts towards the sun. This not only allows the solar panels on the surface of the roof to soak up the sun’s energy, but also for the building to provide its own shade to the offices below during the hottest days of the summer. Rooftop also acts as a basin to catch rainwater and recycle it throughout the building to be used in the bathroom and for watering the rooftop garden on the 17th floor. Within the pistol that rises from the center of the roof are vertical wind turbines which harness the wind power. Housing the Wuhan Energy Center, which is devoted to the research and development of new energy sources, this structure has zero carbon emissions and uses no fossil fuels. At the base of this structure are laboratories built in the shape of leaves.