Ernst Haeckel’s undeniably beautiful work has become a iconic representation of the merger between the arts and biology. In architecture, the beauty inherent in natural plant forms serve as a major source of inspiration for architects designing during the turn of the 20th century (Art Nouveau).
Contemporary works inspired by natural forms include (clockwise top left). Zaha Hadid’s design for an opera house in Dubai, Frank Gehry’s Peix Hotel d’Arts in Barcelona, Peter Cook’s Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria, and Herzog and de Meuron’s [in conjuction with engineers Arup] Bird’s Nest for the Olympics in Beijing. [see links for additional content.]