When biomimicry is used as a working structure it is more beneficial to the earth than visual biomimicry like random sculptures of nature whose only purpose is to create the illusion of organic things. One of the examples of beneficial biomimicry are the Treepods designed by Influx Studio. These Treepods take the working concept of trees and incorporate these elements into the design of the structures. The aim of this project is to create air cleaning by creating a system that catches CO2. The tree that Influx Studio focused on mimicking is the Dragon tree because of the large canopy that provides maximum shading which also allows the structure to support solar panels used to power the air cleaning system. This approach to creating biomimicry is successful in many ways, it takes in consideration of the visual aspects as well as the working and functional aspects of the Dragon tree.
One of the articles on the Treepods states that “The team suggests embodying and artificially enhancing the capacity of natural trees to clean the air. Treepods are not designed to replace natural trees, but to act like small air cleaning infrastructures, increasing in many times CO2 absorption” (worldarchitecturenews.com). This is interesting because the structures are not only mimicking the qualities of trees but pushing them further by enhancing the working aspects of the Treepods. Taking this approach to biomimicry is more beneficial to the earth than sculptural and visual biomimicry.