Space10 pavilion imagines a future where buildings produce food for residents

This week’s instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores an algae-producing pavilion by research lab Space10, which demonstrates how buildings could help feed urban populations sustainably in the future.

Presented at the annual Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen, Space10’s Algae Dome comprised a four-metre-high wooden structure wrapped in 320 metres of coiled transparent plastic tubing flowing with green microalgae.

The tubing created a semi-enclosed space for visitors to sit inside, while also acting as a photo-bioreactor to produce high quantities of microalgae via photosynthesis.

Microalgae – one of its more popular and marketable strains being Spirulina – is an increasingly popular food supplement that is high in protein, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.

With Algae Dome, Space10 worked with architects Anna Stempniewicz, Aleksander Wadas and Rafal Wroblewski to demonstrate how buildings could be used to grow large quantities of microalgae to provide nutrition for the residents living within it.

“Imagine an apartment building equipped with a similar photo-bioreactor that produced spirulina that the building’s residents could use to supplement their diets,” said Space10.

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