Algae bioreactor

Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem /// Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, 2016

My objective was to design a building complex based on the latest algae technologies, to be attached to an industrial area within Budapest by the bank of the Danube which would also include housing and research facilities. The building seeks to answer the question of whether it is possible to combine an industrial design with the creation of a habitat for living and working, thus establishing a living space in a supposedly inanimate area. The complex utilizises the nearby thermal power plant, thus its emission to provide the algae reactors with carbon dioxide that helps these “superplants” to grow and reproduce with immense rapidity. The other necessary condition for algae growth – water – is provided by the Danube flowing in close vicinity. The hot smoke coming from the power plant would be diverted to a pipe system one meter below this passageway, like a main artery. While in the pipes, the smoke could cool down to the required temperature to be fed to the algae.