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Frog-Filled Glass Facades

This Experimental Glass Wall is Filled with Living and Breathing Frogs

— October 6, 2015 — Art & Design
Experimental architect David Benjamin has created this living glass facade that contains tanks filled with actual frogs.

This prototype building envelope uses water, frogs, algae and snails to create a living and breathing piece of architecture. The 'Amphibious Envelope' actually creates a sort of built-in ecosystem that is able to create the insulation and protection of a typical layered glass facade in a new and interesting way.

The inside of the glass cavity is filled with air, a frog, water and food to make a natural and minimal habitat, with the frog actually acting like a natural biosensor. As the frogs swim to the surface for air, they actually trigger an electronic sensor that pulls more oxygen from outside the building and into the water tank. This new oxygen then eventually bubbles and rises to the top of the tank where it's released into the building as purified and refreshing air.
Trend Themes
1. Living Glass Facades - Creating architectural facades that incorporate living organisms to provide unique functionality and aesthetics.
2. Built-in Ecosystem Architecture - Designing buildings that contain self-sustaining ecosystems, providing a harmonious balance between nature and architecture.
3. Biosensor Integration - Integrating living organisms into architectural structures to serve as natural biosensors and enhance environmental sustainability.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can explore innovative ways to incorporate living elements into their designs and create functional and visually striking facades.
2. Environmental Technology - Companies specializing in environmental technology can develop advanced systems that efficiently integrate living organisms into buildings for improved air quality and sustainability.
3. Eco-friendly Construction - Builders can leverage living organisms as a means to enhance eco-friendly construction practices and create buildings that actively contribute to a healthier environment.
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