Protein Facade

Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018

  • TU Delft Interdisciplinary Research Programme I 2017-18
  • Location: Dutch-Flemish Delta
  • Project was part of the thesis: Re_Natured Economy [Pt. 2]

The design process investigated bio-adaptive facades with highly digitalised, non-linear patterns that would provide different shading effects and visual impressions. The application of circular microalgae tubular photobioreactors facilitates algae growth and storage and underlines the gradual accumulation of algae through photosynthetic processes. In the initial stages, the facade bears little amounts of algae, starting from the lower parts (early days). As algae begins to interact more with sunlight (photosynthesis), it grows and fills in the remaining circular cells. Once all the cells are filled, algae can be harvested from the tubular reactors to be further used for food, energy or plastic production. For the case of the Netherlands, the selected algae species are: Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Thalassiosira pseudonana. These species are able to absorb sunlight in the morning and give a glowing effect at night which captivates the eye and highlights the form, function and overall structure of the system.

It bears noting that the facade functions as the machine that regulates a sequence of interlinked processes:
phase a. the facade receives waste flows
phase b1, b2. microalgae in cells absorbs the pollutants and then gets harvested in-situ from the cells
phase c. harvestable inputs are processed and transformed into nutrient flows
for bio-products or to be given back to the bacteria in the facade.

Bioadaptive facade mechanism
Interior impression

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