Borrowing an idea from nature and its adaptive strategies, the designers and architects at Bangkok-based Aesthetics Architects, have come up with a new office for the Ministery of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture (MMAA) in Qatar. Soon to be the largest concrete cactus-styled structure in the world, the unique design of this stunning project was penciled down keeping in mind the exceptionally hot and arid conditions of the region. The edifice sports sun shades on its windows that open and close according to the buildings heating and cooling needs, much like the pores of the desert cactus. An example of biomimicry at its gorgeous best, this is all about ‘architecture imitating life’. – via