We’ve all heard about buildings powered by solar or wind energy, but an algae-powered building? Splitterwerk  Architects have designed just such a structure, dubbed BIQ, which will be the very first of its kind. Covered with  a bio-adaptive façade of microalgae, the distinctive building has been designed  for the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg and is slated to open this  month!

To create the algae façade, the building is covered in bio-reactive louvers that enclose the algae. These louvers allow the  algae to survive and grow faster than they would otherwise while also providing  shade for the interior of the building. Additionally, the bio-reactors trap the  heat energy created by the algae, which can then be harvested and used to power the building. Once the building is completed, it will  be evaluated by scientists and engineers to allow for future research and  adaptation for future building projects.

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Date: 2013-04-11

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