With BioBombola we wish to invite individuals, families and communities to cultivate a domestic algae garden.

Detail of a BioBombola with a living culture of Porphiridium

BioBombola is a pioneering gardening product that invites individuals, families and communities to cultivate a domestic algae garden, a sustainable source of vegetable proteins. BioBombola absorbs carbon dioxide and oxygenates the domestic environment more effectively than common plants while fostering a fulfilling daily interaction with nature.

BioBombola with the home harvest kit

Each BioBombola is composed of a single customized photobioreactor, a one metre tall lab grade glass container, filled with 15 litres of living photosynthetic Spirulina strain (a type of cyanobacteria, which is a family of single-celled microbes that are often referred to as blue-green algae). The microalgae grow in liquid culture medium with nutrients.

BioBombola kit of parts

The BioBombola system includes an air piping network and a small air-pump that constantly stirs the medium. The gentle bubbling keeps the algae afloat, aids oxygenation and produces a calming sound that emanates with the fresh oxygen in the surrounding environment.

Sustainable Source of Vegetable Proteins

BioBombola can be easily assembled and dismantled, with zero waste, during the production, assembly and dismantling phases. The photobioreactor adapts to any environment and any ceiling height, and it should be installed in a spot with direct sunlight or next to a grow lamp.

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Production Cycle

A family harvest
The BioBombola Lab in Hackney Wick in Summer 2020

Related press and projects

Project by
ecoLogicStudio (Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto)
Design Team
Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto with Georgios Drakontaeidis, Riccardo Mangili, Eirini Tsomokou
Academic Partners
Synthetic Landscape Lab IOUD Innsbruck University, Urban Morphogenesis Lab BPRO The Bartlett UCL