Mitosis, a biological process that represents the division of a cell into a pair of identical ‘daughter cells’ to grow and replace old cells, has inspired the design of a sustainable building structure named in its honour. Amsterdam architecture firm GG-loop partnered with Arup to design a modular building system that centres around regenerative sustainable living and urban development.

Conceptualised with biophilic principles and parametric design tools, the hypnotizing prefab timber modules will be optimised to be versatile and scalable. This will facilitate the building’s future expansion in a few urban settings while changing with the times and needs of residents. The capacity to expand the structural hub inspired the unique moniker of Mitosis, which can be utilised to devise communities with off-grid, single-family homes to high-density, mixed-use zones in big cities. GG-loop’s pilot project Freebooter served as the foundation for Mitosis and stands in itself as an award-winning pair of prefabricated, cross-laminated timber apartments debuted last year in Amsterdam.

Just as flexible organisms change to befit differing settings, Mitosis will do the same with its individualised, rhomboid-shaped modules stacked to formulate shared outdoor spaces and private terraces. The outdoor common areas would brim with sufficient greenery which will permit occupants to reconnect with nature while battling the urban heat island effect. These plants also will boost air quality levels, particularly in cities, while promoting sustainable living practices of urban farming and community gardens. The terraced build supplies sufficient natural light to plants and apartments. The greenery will in addition empower the region’s resident wildlife to keep their nature borne home and live in peace with the residents.

Mitosis embodies the 14 principles of biophilic design and represents the relationships among nature, human biology, and the design of the built environment. Its design is organic and flexible, supplying sizable areas of urban and vertical farming, greenhouses, wildlife areas, and integration of habitat, that facilitate outdoor activities shared by residents, reads the team’s project statement. This idea is designed to lend occupants their share of the great outdoors as well as the amenities required to engage in ecofriendly community activities; thus developing a sustainable living environment. This encourages a healthy lifestyle for residents.

Source: Yanko Design