ecoLogicStudio has recently unveiled the BioFactory architectural system that will transform the way we look at industrial architecture. The system, integrating algae photo bioreactors within membrane cladding, is suitable for both commercial buildings and factory warehouses. The first BioFactory pilot scheme has been installed in Lisbon, Portugal, at Nestlé HQ.
Food grade micro-algae are grown inside the photobioreactors while feeding on the CO2 emissions of the factory itself. Freshly harvested biomass enters the factory supply chain to become a renewable and sustainable raw material for carbon neutral food products and packaging. This circular process changes the rules of efficiency and makes bio-factories capable of self-regulation and learning. As the system grows, it becomes more resilient and ultimately evolves higher levels of productivity.
A BioFactory is characterized also by a low carbon construction process that will make the cladding carbon negative in its lifetime. Its adjustable and intelligent shading system reduces buildings’ cooling loads while allowing natural light in. The project sets employees’ health and wellbeing as its priority. Adaptive shading and direct contact with dynamic living cultures increases psychological wellbeing and stimulates a creative approach to work.
Within the BioFactory architectural model the convergence of automation, Artificial Intelligence and biotechnology aims to transform the role of factory employees which gain unprecedented agency in the production process.
From advanced computation to micro farming to bio-design to future culinary and gardening, BioFactory fosters a proactive attitude exemplified by the fundamental aspects of cultivating, harvesting and processing living organic material.