‘It is crucial that every professional in the field develops a positive relationship with the environment. A good designer should know the origin of all materials and be aware that you must use them in an intelligent manner, and to respect them.’ Says architect Marko Brajovic, who specializes in biomimetics and organic design, while advocating the use of bamboo in building.
At the age of 17 Brajovic left his native Montenegro for Venice to study architecture. Further studies led him to Barcelona, at the time a come-together of young visual artists and musicians from around the globe who experimented with the new language of digital arts and its possible applications in other fields, such as architecture.
In 2002, a new interest in nature brought Brajovic and colleagues to Costa Rica, where an exotic client asked them to build a house designed within parameters extracted from an Erik Satie’s ‘Gymnopédia’ composition. Designed with specially developed software, the curved house was built from the locally abundant bamboo. ‘From then on, bamboo became my wise guide and has deeply inspired my work’, Brajovic says.
Brajovic continued to study bamboo technologies and crafts and became interested in biomimetics. A workshop in biomimetics applied to architecture led Brajovic to Brazil, where in 2006 he established his multidisciplinary Atelier Marko Brajovic in São Paulo, later to be joined by the architects Carmela Rocha and Bruno Bezerra. Brajovic has been teaching at different universities while researching in the areas of biomimetics and experience design. In 2015, he established the R&D-group byNature.