Sat 1 May - Wed 30 Jun

Expo "Between nature & culture "

From plant structures to architectural design
1 May
30 Jun
  • 1 May
    30 Jun
    This activity is included in the general Botanic Garden ticket. This ticket gives you access to all public areas of the Botanic garden.

Starting from the starting point 'plants and biomimicry', the lecturers of the Architecture Bachelor's programme at the University of Antwerp developed a design assignment for their students, with the final goal of designing a pavilion. 

For the first phase of their assignment, the first-year students observed and analysed a selection of plants from the Plant Palace, the Greenhouses in Meise Botanic Garden. In a second step - conceptualisation - they investigated which characteristics of the plants could be traced to an idea or concept that could form the basis for their design. In a final phase, they used this structural insight to create a pavilion design, taking into account the possibilities and limitations of the site.


The beauty and ingenuity of plants inspires people in many ways. Biomimicry is a specific example of this. The term is derived from the Greek and means something like 'imitate life'. During their evolution over millions of years, plants - and all other living creatures - have developed forms, processes and systems from which technology, science, construction and architecture can learn much. After all, living beings have evolved in such a way that they adapt optimally to their environment in an efficient and energy-saving manner.

Designers therefore benefit from 'imitating' plants in their designs.

A selection of the most successful designs will be exhibited in the WOODlab.

On 30 June the exhibition will be closed with a science café on biomimicry.

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