Living Weaves – Steps Towards the Persistent Modelling of Bio-Hybrid Architectural Systems

  • Phil AyresEmail author
  • Emil Fabritius Buchwald
  • Sebastian Gatz
  • Soraya Bornaz
Conference paper


In this paper, we present a novel, speculative design approach for a bio-hybrid architectural system. The Living Weaves system seeks to harness the material accumulation capacity of climbing plants and steer this growth into an interlaced configuration with a diagrid scaffold to produce a structural Kagome weave. The concept is described through a speculative design proposal, and its feasibility is investigated in two ways; the development of an autonomous steering system to achieve interlacing of living plants with a diagrid scaffold, and an analytical design method for determining structurally advantageous plant growth routes in target geometries. Together, these two investigations represent steps towards a persistent modelling approach, which, we argue, is essential for exploiting the novel characteristics of living bio-hybrid architectures.


Bio-hybrid architecture Living architecture Persistent Modelling Kagome weave Design informed autonomous steering Living Weaves 



This work was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the project flora robotica – FET grant agreement no. 640959.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phil Ayres
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emil Fabritius Buchwald
    • 1
  • Sebastian Gatz
    • 1
  • Soraya Bornaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), School of ArchitectureThe Royal Danish Academy of Fine ArtsCopenhagenDenmark

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