Fibonacci and the Art of Architecture

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The Fibonacci Sequence is named after Leonardo of Pisa who was also known as Fibonacci. He introduced a sequence of numbers to the West that would galvanize mathematicians for centuries, and up until today. It’s initial founding was solidified with his book, Liber Abaci in 1202 but this sequence has been in use since nearly the dawn of intelligent thought for a vast multitude of purposes including, but not limited to, building construction.

If you’re not familiar with the Fibonacci Sequence, it’s, basically put, a sequence of a recursive series of numbers where the following number is equal to the sum of the previous two. It’s quite simple. For example, (1+1=2. 1+2=3.) The sequence goes something like, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and so on. But what’s so amazing about this sequence is that it perfectly exemplifies almost every occurrence in nature from the way a flower opens, to the diameter of the human arm, to the shape and length of a strand of DNA. If you doubt this, look it up. This sequence has been used since the dawn of mathematics and it’s been referred to as The Golden Ratio. The ancient Maya used it to construct their buildings according to proportion and scale. Leonardo De Vinci most popularly used The Golden Ratio in his drawing of the “The Vetruvian Man” and “The Mona Lisa”, both of which have been made famous the world over. Most people don’t even know of this connection but it’s not just ancient history. Many people today are still using this sequence for a multitude of purposes.

One new company is featuring many new and artistic houses that are designed to appeal to people on many different levels. On 1800recycling.com, there’s a list of several different housing designs that have been totally recycled while adhering to this Golden Number that’s been used for thousands of years. They’re featuring new and artistic houses that are both recycled and sustainable. One of these models is even built while applying the Fibonacci sequence and throwing a new sustainable spin on the concept. Though this is a bit of a leap for realtor marketing, it’s seen quite a demand for people wanting to live more sustainably and efficiently. The designs have proved to be as interesting as they are odd.

All of these buildings are made from 100 percent-recycled materials and run, totally, on renewable energy. For those who constructed these domiciles, known as Earthships, it was important for them to be seen as a revolution in perfection. That’s why they used the sequence to great affect. Most of them look very strange but offer an unheard of level of green domestic living. One of the oddest examples is the Nautilus Earthship that’s designed to look like a seashell, which also adheres to the time-revered sequence.

Not all of these houses use the Fibonacci sequence to such affect but all offer the same benefits of sustainable green living while giving every home originality and artistry. It’s not likely that we’ll be seeing these homes in many neighborhoods anytime soon but they are a new and exciting approach to the marriage of architecture and art.

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