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The Saltygloo by Emerging Objects is a Sustainable Structure

 - Jul 16, 2014
References: emergingobjects & psfk
Sustainable architecture is made even easier thanks to these 3D-printed salt igloos. Lightweight and eco-friendly, the materials making up these fragile-looking structures were locally harvested from the San Francisco Bay, specifically 109-year-old salt cystallisation ponds in Redwood City. Bonded together using a glue substance, the resulting structures are waterproof, sturdy and transparent.

Created by Emerging Objects, an Oakland-based design studio founded by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the 3D-printed salt igloos are connected together by 336 randomly aggregated panels. Psfk notes, "Salt blocks have a long history in the construction of architecture, but the Saltygloo re-imagines the use of the naturally abundant element in a way that is inexpensive compared to commercial materials." Following Saltygloo, Emerging Objects plans to build a full house.