PhotoSynthetica Collection

Biophilic design products for collective cyber-gardening

Harvesting algae from the AIReactor while sitting on the Compostable Stool

EcoLogicStudio launches first collection of biophilic design products that includes a desktop biotechnological air purifier, a compostable stool and a 3D printed jewel made of re-metabolised pollution.

The PhotoSynthetica Collection is the culmination of five years of research and development, it implements the findings of several recent projects conceived by ecoLogicStudio, from the BioBombola to the Otrivin Air Lab, to Air Office and Tree One. The collection is part of the wider PhotoSynthetica™ research project launched in 2018 by the studio with an academic consortium www.photosynthetica.co.uk, to tackle the negative effects of climate change and air pollution on urban wellbeing.

PhotoSynthetica Collection includes AIReactor - a desktop biotechnological air purifier, the Compostable Stool and the Bio-Digital Ring - a 3D printed jewel made of re-metabolised pollution. Each piece connects the biophilic and digital design spheres and implements true circularity of production and use. The biomass grown from the air purification process becomes raw material for 3d printing the Compostable Stool and the jewel.

“This collection is born from the dream of growing the city of the future from the wasteland pollution of our current fossil civilization. More than products these first three objects are tools to start a collective process of urban re-metabolization.”—affirms Dr. Marco Poletto

AIReactor in the office space with reusable custom packaging

AIReactor

AIReactor, is an indoor photobioreactor capable of absorbing carbon dioxide and pollutants while oxygenating the air. An interlocking structure consisting of birch plywood components supports a 1 meter tall laboratory-grade glass photobioreactor hosting up to 10 liters of living photosynthetic microalgae cultures. It is suitable for the domestic realm and ideal for the work and educational environments. AIReactor is a completely reversible product, made of a few core elements that at the end of their useful life can be re-used, re-cycled or composted. Air is captured from the environment and introduced at the base of the reactor constantly stirring the medium, simulating the effects of waves and currents in the marine environment.

User-friendly access to algae cultivation
Close up of the bubbling algae in the AIReactor
Exploded axonometrics of AIReactor

The gentle bubbling keeps the algae afloat, aids oxygenation and produces a soothing sound that emanates with the fresh oxygen from AIReactor into the surrounding space. The product has the same carbon capturing potential of a mature tree and it’s engineered to be an actual carbon neutral product in its entire life cycle. The air purifying system supports a holistic approach to wellbeing in the urban environment. Cleaner air has direct benefits for respiratory health and the symbiotic connection with nature offers parallel benefits for mental health.The algae harvest is a simple process that can be performed several times per week, collecting up to 7 grams of dry algae per day. AIReactor and the first series of Compostable Stools are now part of the permanent design collection of the Mudac-Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne, in Switzerland.

Compostable Stool with custom reusable packaging.

Compostable Stool

The “magic” of AIReactor resides in its capability to re-metabolize pollutants and carbondioxide into biomass. This is turned into biopolymer, a valuable substitute of petroleum-based plastic compounds for making everyday products.The Compostable Stool takes this process to a new level by leveraging the potential of digital design and 3D printing technologies for mass customization.

The Compostable Stool is the result of a research collaboration between ecoLogicStudio and the Synthetic Landscape Lab at the Innsbruck University directed by Prof. Claudia Pasquero. The inherent flexibility of the biopolymer material is enhanced by the unique pleated morphology of the vertical surface visible from the open top and bottom.

Like the stem of a plant, it can flex and adapt locally to the user body and weight while resisting to its vertical load. The combination of material bio-composition and morphological articulation creates the possibility for near infinite customisation of the product, thus making it possible to create a global distribution with many local supply chains of production. The Stool comes in a natural color and is 3d printed with a bespoke compound of flexible PLA/PHB biodegradable and compostable filament.

Morphology of the Stool adapting to the user body
Possible variations in composition
Isometric drawing of the Stool morphology
Top view of the pleated Stool morphology
Bio-Digital Ring next to the Compostable Stool

Bio-Digital Ring

The PhotoSynthetica Collection converts waste and pollution into valuable resources and the Bio-Digital Ring is the closest we have come to “grow a jewel” from the emissions of London. The ring embodies a new kind of technological life, designed by artificial intelligence and bio-digitally grown. Each Ring is composed of 30% of algae biomass on a base of polylactic acid (PLA). It weighs 20 grams, thus storing approximately the daily air filtration of one AIReactor.

Bio-Digital Ring grown out of algae biomass


Bio-Digital Ring as an aesthetic expression


Isometric view of the Bio-Digital Ring



Front view of the Bio-Digital Ring



Morphology of the Bio-Digital Ring based on algorithmic composition
Project Name
Photo.Synth.Etica
Architect
ecoLogicStudio (Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto)
Products
AIReactor, Compostable Stool, Bio-Digital Ring
AIReactor, 2024, lab - grade borosilicate glass, 3d printed biopolymers, CNC birch plywood , harvesting kit, 35x35x90 cm, 5,50 kgs
project by ecoLogicStudio (Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto) project team: Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto with Konstantina Bikou, Sorana Matei, Alessandra Poletto, Francesca Turi, Andrea Tiberi, Mangesh Kurund, Yudong Liu. academic partners: Synthetic Landscape Lab at Innsbruck University, The Urban Morphogenesis Lab at the Bartlett UCL
Compostable Stool, 2024, 3d printed PLA/PHB, 36x32,5x35 cm , 900 grams
project by ecoLogicStudio (Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto) project team ecoLogicStudio: Kostantina Bikou, Mangesh Kurund, Violeta Perez Hurtado, Alessandra Poletto, Emiliano Rando, Engjell Rodiqi. prototyping team Synthetic Landscape Lab: Prof Claudia Pasquero, Dr Marco Poletto with Terezia Greskova, Korbinian Enzinger, Xiao Wang, Jonas Wohlgenannt, Marco Fauser, Beyza Armagan. academic partners: Synthetic Landscape Lab at Innsbruck University, The Urban Morpho genesis Lab at the Bartlett UCL
Bio - digital Ring, 2024, 3d printed 30% algal biomass on a base of polylactic acid (PLA), 5,5x6,3 cm, 20 grams
project by ecoLogicStudio (Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto) project team: Marco Poletto, Claudia Pasquero, Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Konstantina Bikou academic partners: Synthetic Landscape Lab at Innsbruck University, The Urban Morphogenesis Lab at the Bartlett UCL
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