ecoLogicStudio’s Algae-Powered “Tree One”

Design practice EcoLogicStudio has turned algae into a biodegradable biopolymer, from which it has “grown” a 3D-printed, 10-metre-tall tree that carries out photosynthesis, dubbed “Tree One.”

The massive, self-supporting tree sculpture was shown at two exhibitions presented by car brand Hyundai at its studios in Korea — first Habitat One in Busan and then Habitat One: Sustainable Shelter in Seoul.

The tree incorporates two algae-based elements — the trunk, which is 3D-printed from a biopolymer that EcoLogicStudio has formulated from the biomass created from harvested microalgae, and a number of photobioreactors containing living cyanidium microalgae cultures incorporated into the trunk and base of the installation. Rima Sabina Aouf

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