Fibonacci Study of a Pine Cone

For this project we were randomly given a natural object: these included seeds and nuts of various kinds, shells, stones and minerals, leaves and skins. And it was our challenge to study these natural forms and develop a system to replicate their structure.


I was given the Sequoia Pine Cone. I studied it carefully from the perspective of Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio.


By measuring the height and width of each rhombic within their spiral sequence from top to bottom, as well as measuring each diameter I could start to translate the data of a specific pine cone into a general solution for a pine cone system.


I tried translating the data at first into a paper assembly of individual rhombi’s that followed the sequence of sizes set in the real pine cone but I was left with a flat, geometric and static shell.


Cutting a pine cone in half I eventually was inspired to see the rhombi’s as radiating out from a central axis.


Following this line of thought I eventually decided to translate the data in a set of stacked rings, each having five rhombi’s along their circumference.


It was then a case of making rhombi’s with the average of the measurements from taken from the original pine cone and multiplying their length by five to arrive at the circumference of each individual stacked ring.


Though this was a simple exercise it taught me a lot and the final structural system derived from the pine cone has a lot of potential to be developed further into all sorts of designs applications.

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