Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace
For millennia, we have been in awe of the fundamental laws of nature, seeking out patterns and symmetries from microscopic particles to the greater universe. Geometry and symmetry appear to govern the world around us with an underlying mathematical order, resulting in the formation of simple and complex shapes and patterns.
There is a long aesthetic tradition of nature inspiring and being represented in human civilisation, the ancient Greeks studied natural forms abstracting them as simple geometrical shapes in which to construct their temples and shrines .In the mid 1800’s Joseph Paxton’s design for the Victorian mega-structure ‘The Crystal Palace’ originated from the vein structures of the giant lily pad ‘Victoria Amazonica’ and was constructed from a pioneering modular steel structure.
A century later the architect Buckminster Fuller’s radical futuristic geodesic domes were derived from simple honeycomb with interlocking triangular pieces. Modular in construction these flexible frames could be replicated and built quickly; enlarged or reduced in scale to suit countless needs.