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Welcome to the Tessellation Archive: a collection of tessellated material systems — tiled tissues and architectures — from across the natural world.

Tessellations are structural motifs made up of repeating tiles, found in many forms and serving a variety of functions in Nature. Perhaps partly inspired by natural examples, tessellations have also been a part of human history in art and design, commonly in the form of mosaics, and more recently in the realm of bio-inspired design and engineering. This collection showcases the diversity of this motif, exploring commonalities in structure and function across environments and taxa, to inspire biological and biomaterials research, but also bioinspired design and architecture. Follow the links or scroll down further to explore the classification scheme and compare the similarities and differences between the tessellations.

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