Two Buildings Inspired by Lotus
An ancient monk described lotus as a plant with a light and clean spirit, which is not subject to any dirt or mud. The flower has long been considered sacred in the East. We would like to show you two buildings built by architects, inspired by this beautiful flower.
Two Beautiful Lotus Shaped Buildings
Lotus Building by studio505 in China
In Chinese Wujin District a giant lotus “bloomed” thank to Melbourne Architectural studio505. The building is shaped like a true water flower.
Lotus Building is a building with unique architecture. An artificial lake was created for its construction, so this lotus is resting on the water surface, and its petals are raised to the sky. Inside the “bud” there are numerous exhibition halls. Lotus is surrounded by the park, where everyone can relax and enjoy the contact with nature.
The building was constructed masterfully: petals look almost transparent due to the special ribbed structure of the metal. They are decorated with hand-laid mosaics inside and outside. Designers chose pale pink, beige and white tones to achieve maximal similarity to natural forms. Inside the building you can see a huge chandelier of 23 feet in length. It descends from the ceiling, resembling a flower stamen.
The unique hand-made flower turns into a real art object at night, transforming in the rays of colored illumination. Ultramodern lights give a special charm to this masterpiece of design.
Desert Lotus Hotel
Desert Lotus Hotel in Xiangshawan desert (Inner Mongolia)
To find a flower in the desert is the true happiness. Despite the fact that it seemed to be impossible, now there is a chance for everyone. A hotel with a romantic name Desert Lotus Hotel was recently built in Xiangshawan desert (Inner Mongolia). The original flower “bloomed” in the boundless sands that attracts tourists from around the world.
The hotel consists of a triangular white tents, coupled with each other in a flower shape. Designers have taken care of the environment. All building materials are eco-friendly, the hotel runs on solar, wind and water energy. These buildings should be an excellent model for contemporary architects as they meet all the requirements of ergonomic buildings.
The tents are stretched so as to protect visitors from the unbearable sun. Several pools are built on the site. Water is retained in them due to the unique fixing fluid on the bottom of reservoirs. Builders did not use concrete. Among the visitors there are mostly Chinese tourists. The hotel is also used to hold Mongolian themed festivals, performances of entertainment – Camel rides and surfing in the pool.
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