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Plant-Powered Architecture

Splitterwerk's Algae-Powered Building is Truly Green in its Design

— April 15, 2013 — Eco
The construction of the algae-powered BIQ House in Hamburg, Germany has been completed. It would be hard not to take notice of this new and entirely green building, with its two sides painted in the vibrant hue, and the other two covered in glass panels filled with locally sourced algae.

The innovative and sustainable design by Splitterwerk relies on photosynthesis to supply heat to the building. The ever-changing, living facades thrive in the sunlight, producing five times the biomass as compared to a terrestrial plant wall. Any surplus of the clean and renewable energy generated can be stored and reserved for use in Hamburg's cold winter months, or sold back to the grid. As the first of its kind, the algae-fueled building was revealed at the International Building Exhibiton, and is being tested as a model for use in other climates.

Photo Credits: designboom, iba-hamburg.de
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