XTU Architects proposes algae-covered towers for Hangzhou

French studio XTU Architects has developed a concept for four twisting glass towers in Hangzhou, China, featuring facades covered in panels impregnated with micro-algae. The studio’s design for French Dream Towers includes its patent-pending “bio facade” technology. The concept involves introducing a layer of algae to provide natural insulation, as well as offsetting the building’s environmental

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Restored floodgates by Studio Roosegaarde reflect the headlights of passing cars

Studio Roosegaarde has restored a set of flood defences in the Netherlands, impregnating the floodgates with a new retro-reflective material that glows in the headlights of oncoming cars. The Gates of Light are the permanent part of the Icoon Afsluitdijk exhibition on a 32-kilometre dike, along with two temporary installations that will run from November to

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IKEA lab Space10 creates algae-producing pavilion in Copenhagen

IKEA’s external innovation lab Space10 has worked in collaboration with three young architects to create a four-metre-high bioreactor dome for growing microalgae. Described by Space10 as a “food-producing architecture pavilion”, the futuristic dome houses a photo-bioreactor — a closed system that enables the high productivity of green microalgae. The dome was installed at Copenhagen’s CHART Art Fair last

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