Exploration Architecture is an innovative architectural practice that draws its inspiration from nature. As leaders in the field of Biomimicry we have had the pleasure of working with some of the most visionary clients and brilliant proponents of biomimicry. We remain extremely close to many of the experts we have cultivated relationships with and collectively bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to any project we are asked to undertake.
We believe that there are huge environmental and economic benefits to be gained from studying the design solutions that nature has developed with the benefit of a 3.8 billion year R&D period and our portfolio demonstrates the advantages of this approach. The architecture is richer, the environmental impact is radically reduced and our clients benefit from efficiencies they never expected to receive. Several of the projects with which we have been involved have achieved factor ten efficiency savings and, in one case, a factor one hundred saving. By this we mean achieving the same outcome but with a tenth or a hundredth of the resource input.
The most inspiring mission statement we have ever read is the one that Buckminster Fuller articulated in the 1960's which was "To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone"
Exploration was founded in 2007 by Michael Pawlyn who was previously part of the core team of architects that designed the Eden Project. He is also a well-known public speaker, Founding Partner of The Sahara Forest Project and author of a book entitled 'Biomimicry in Architecture'. Exploration was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award in 2008 and the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge in 2009. The Sahara Forest Project has drawn praise from a wide range of senior figures including Jens Stoltenberg (the Prime Minister of Norway), Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani (the Prime Minister of Qatar) and JosÃ© MarÃa Figueres (the Former President of Costa Rica).
Exploration website: www.exploration-architecture.com
Michael Pawlyn's TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pawlyn_using_nature_s_genius_in_architecture.html
The Sahara Forest Project: http://saharaforestproject.com