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i dont see how a leaf translates into steel. i believe your metaphor is lost...
Posted Aug 17, 2009 10:08 PM by detsea

Wonderful design.
Posted Aug 27, 2009 5:08 PM by Whosthatguy

I don’t believe that the “metaphor” is lost. The form finding is inspired by nature! The natural materials are translated into an architectural and technical context!
Posted Sep 08, 2009 1:09 PM by AWplus

i enjoy the sleek design, but the leaf comparison i a litte off. the overall form looks more like tweezers...
Posted Sep 24, 2009 2:09 PM by steveds

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Like a leaf...

Submitted by AWplus on August 12, 2009

Our goal is to develop a traffic building with a design that is inspired by dynamic, natural structures. This building should evolve into a space of „peace“ along the road , which freezes the busy moves of the traffic outside. The form of a leaf seems to meet all the requirements in all respects. If we look into nature a leaf or leafage gives shade and also protection against the elements. Furthermore a leaf shows a clear and direction-orientated dynamic at which the middle leaf vein forms an axis of symmetry. Along this symmetry axis and for this form the leaf is divided in two parts. One half is placed onto the other creating a cocoon as an inner casing. A leaf is also a natural power station using the solar power therefore this “leaf” is using the solar power by photovoltaic-cells, feeding the integrated lighting with the won energy.

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