#55 nature-inspired architecture

Nature is an important source of inspiration for Finnish architecture, and art in general. A lot of buildings and designs derive their shapes from the vast areas of untouched nature around us.

Maybe that is why I found this building in Singapore the most interesting. It is the Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, only opened in 2002 as the venue for performing arts in Singapore. It is colloquially called “the durian”, referring to the tropical fruit that it very much resembles in shape.

Durian is a challenge for me. I find its smell rather repulsively strong and strange, and haven’t managed to get used to its peculiar taste either during all my travels in Asia. Yet, locals consider it the king of fruits. For me, the smell is somehow petrollic, and the taste like overcooked onion.


2 Responses to “#55 nature-inspired architecture”

  1. March 5, 2010 at 22:55

    It has a bit of Buckminster Fuller’s dome in the architecture. Interesting observation about durian. My late husband spent his first few years in Indonesia and told me stories about durian – I know it is considered quite a taste (and smell) experience.

  2. 2 sinikka
    March 6, 2010 at 21:10

    Thank you for telling me about Buckminster Fuller and his dome, Susan. Never heard of it before but checked it out now, and learned interesting new facts. And yes, durian certainly is an experience!

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