The BIQ house is a natural progression from buildings covered in vertical gardens. While its predecessors were decorated as such for looks and an environmentally conscious statement, the BIQ house uses energy generated from the algae covering it to provide power as well as shade for those residing inside.
Designed by Splitterwerk Architects, in collaboration with Colt International, Arup, and SSC, for the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, the BIQ house is set to become the first real-life test for bio-adaptive façade systems. Due to be completed in March 2013, the BIQ house will grant scientists, engineers and builders the opportunity to access how well a system like this will work. Jan Wurm of Arup notes, "It also creates a visually interesting look that architects and building owners will like."