3D Nature

Building Beyond the Green Façade

Fall 2013/2014 @ TU Delft
03 September 2013 / 24 January 2014

Can we imagine a city that is built with nature instead against it? Can we ‘help’ nature to become urban? And vice versa, our cities to become more natural? Can we create a 3D Nature beyond the green façade? Can we design buildings that produce nature?

The world is currently witnessing an unprecedented spurt of urbanization: Today, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, and it is anticipated that 70% will by 2050. The effect this staggering urban growth has on nature is devastating. If we don’t improve urban planning and our cities now, we may lose a large amount of animals, plants and natural resources for good.

The studio 3D Nature wants to explore nature as a building tool by studying different ecologies and identifying those natural elements and attributes, with which we can upgrade our cities and buildings and turn them into producers of (new) nature. How to do that? In general the following qualities could be added: more outdoor spaces, more connections, more collective spaces, more natural cooling, more green, more water maintenance, more recreation. All elements that some how make buildings more open, more porous, more productive.

The aim of this studio is to develop a Neufert-like catalogue with as many natural elements and attributes as possible. This catalogue will be an essential guide for designing and integrating nature into building projects. It provides the core information needed to form the framework for the more detailed design and planning of 3D Nature building project.

Based on the catalogue, students will define various types of nature and design a building that is organized according to the various chosen elements of nature. The type of natures that will be studied focus on: food production, energy production, air purification, water purification, climate control, recreation & leisure, animal habitats, etc.  …

This studio explores how natural elements could connect to buildings and improve spatial qualities.

In this studio, the students explore nature as a fundamental component of buildings. It wants to define and collect various elements of nature as of plants and animals, understand their needs and properties. Properties and needs are (among others): climate data,  amount of soil, growth space, amount of water, direct sunlight, indirect light, etc.


Winy Maas, Tihamér Salij, Felix Madrazo, and Arend van Waart


Aikaterini Stamatelou, Alessandro Sebastiani, Alexander Frederick Mooi, Ananda de Vos, Calcen Chan, Fang Ting Lim, Ferry Barnhoorn, Martijn Sterk, Niels van der Salm, Piotr G. Ruszkiewicz, Sen Mu, Wiebe de Boer, Yao Ji, Oswaldo Heinen, Anntje Wong