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32 Clever Canopy Structures

From Tree-Inspired Solar Panels to Arboreal Transit Stops

— March 27, 2014 — Eco
These clever canopy structures show how this design can be used for a number of different concepts. From designs that cover dog houses to others that provide shelter for people waiting at a bus stop, these canopies are the perfect alternative to all-enclosed spaces.

Canopy structures can also be used for eco-friendly purposes. One solar energy design even harnesses the sun's rays and allows passersby to charge their electrical devices. The designer took inspiration from trees in the Sahara desert and commandeered their canopy-like structure for this solar project. Even though most canopy structures are not completely enclosed, they can still provide excellent protection from the elements. In fact it provides the best of both worlds: users can enjoy the warmth yet still feel some wind on their faces.
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Air-Filled Bus Canopies
Air-Filled Bus Canopies
Vehovar & Jauslin Collaborate with FormTL to Build a Floating Structure
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Vinyl Record Canopies
Vinyl Record Canopies
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is a Shelter in the Form of a Giant Disc
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Robot-Built Public Canopies
Robot-Built Public Canopies
The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2012 is Inspired by Insect Exoskeletons
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City Powering Canopies
City Powering Canopies
The Energy Roof Will Provide Power in Perugia, Italy
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Summertime Resting Canopies
Summertime Resting Canopies
Outdoor Lounge Bed Lets You Sleep in Peace Out in the Open
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Giant Tarp-Like Canopies
Giant Tarp-Like Canopies
The Fukita Pavilion by Ryue Nishizawa Looks Deceptively Small
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Newspaper Canopies
Newspaper Canopies
PaperVillain Keeps the Sun Off for Secret Garden Party Festival
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Compact Canopies
Compact Canopies
“Ensombra Parasol” is a Clever Solution for Summertime Shade
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Coral-Like Subway Canopies
Coral-Like Subway Canopies
The Donostialdea Metro-Station Entrance by Snohetta is Sculptural
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Canine Chaise Loungers
Canine Chaise Loungers
This Modern Pet Furniture is Practical and Elegant in its Design
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Tree-Inspired Solar Panels
Tree-Inspired Solar Panels
Nature by Samuel Wilkinson Uses African Trees for Motivation
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All-Timber Canopy Buildings
All-Timber Canopy Buildings
The Swatch Headquarters by Shigeru Ban Architects is Rustic
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Green Energy Producing Canopies
Green Energy Producing Canopies
Cobra Solar Shades
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Glass Grid Canopies
Glass Grid Canopies
The Smithsonian's Kogod Courtyard Wins Tucker Design Award
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Contemporary Snow Queen Canopies
Contemporary Snow Queen Canopies
Karako Bedroom Interior Harkens to Bygone Boudoirs
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Hard Top Bike Canopies
Hard Top Bike Canopies
Rocketshields
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Arboreal Transit Stops
Arboreal Transit Stops
The Tree Bus Shelter Emulates a Reliable Natural Form of Refuge
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Romantic Play Canopies
Romantic Play Canopies
The Antique Floral Play Canopy is an Enchanting Hide-Away
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Curvaceous Canopies
Curvaceous Canopies
The Enignum Canopy Bed Promises Blissful Sleep
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Dreamy Light Canopies
Dreamy Light Canopies
The Molo Design 'Cloud Softlight' are Magical
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Bamboo Woven Canopies
Bamboo Woven Canopies
The Pulse Pavilion Boasts a Latticed Framework
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Spaceship-Like Canopies
Spaceship-Like Canopies
The Golden Eye Tram Station by Zechner & Zechner Looks Futuristic
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Honeycomb Court Canopies
Honeycomb Court Canopies
Cubierta Cazuca is Funded by Shakira's Barefoot Foundation
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Canopied Ceiling Cafes
Canopied Ceiling Cafes
The Play Pot Restaurant is Inspired by Street Venders
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Coffee Cup Canopies
Coffee Cup Canopies
The Portal of Awareness by Rojkind Arquitectos is Full of Movement
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Rope-Knit Canopies
Rope-Knit Canopies
The Netscape Pavilion Takes on a Nautical and Futuristic Form
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Plastic Cup Canopies
Plastic Cup Canopies
BIOS Design Collective Creates Recycled Cup Art
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Peak-A-Boo Glacial Canopies
Peak-A-Boo Glacial Canopies
The Ribbons Open Air Theatre Weaves Through Space
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Fighter Plane-Inspired Canopies
Fighter Plane-Inspired Canopies
The Stealth Pavilion by Paul Segers is Strong and Masculine
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Protective Cycle Canopies
Protective Cycle Canopies
The Uberhood Bike Umbrella Keeps Cyclists Dry and Safe
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Crumpled Paper Canopies
Crumpled Paper Canopies
Akihisa Hirata's Bloomberg Pavilion Project is Inspired by Trees
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Moisture-Collecting Plant Canopies
Moisture-Collecting Plant Canopies
The Water Greenhouse Resourcefully Gathers and Reuses H2O
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Grid-Like Wave Canopies
Grid-Like Wave Canopies
The Lignum Pavilion Shows Off the Modern Uses of Wood in Architecture
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