H.O.R.T.U.S at Expo Astana 2017 by ecoLogic Studio

PHOTOS:

Naaro

YEAR:

2017

LOCATION:

Expo 2017 Astana, Kazakistan – permanent collection ZKM museum in Karlsruhe, Germany

ecoLogic Studio creates a perfectly functioning home prototype that is not limited to being self-sufficient in terms of energy requirements but is able to produce oxygen for the city and edible food for its inhabitants.

ecoLogic Studio – H.O.R.T.U.S Expo Astana – 2017 – Photo: NAARO

Can you tell us about the H.O.R.T.U.S project for EXPO 2017 in Astana?

H.O.R.T.U.S for EXPO 2017 in Astana it is part of the BIO.tech HUT, our first permanent all-synthetic architecture, and simulates a 180 m2 apartment that produces enough energy for a family of four. It also produces enough protein to meet the needs of 12 people and absorbs an amount of co2 equivalent to 32 trees. The algae are grown inside these tubes that we can see and every two weeks it is harvested. Within the BIO.tech HUT there were various areas, such as that of the garden, that of science and finally the area where one of our sculptures was present, which is precisely H.O.R.T.U.S The morphology of H.O.R.T.U.S is derived from diagrams produced by measuring user movements. Users can pump co2 into H.O.R.T.U.S and see the amount of oxygen that is produced.

ecoLogic Studio – H.O.R.T.U.S Expo Astana – 2017 – Photo: NAARO

You previously talked about protein production…

Yes, algae can have many applications. One of those most studied is for the production of biofuels, the production of energy through biomasses. The applications that for now appear to give the best results are the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry. Chlorella and spirulina are high in protein, a freeze-dried teaspoon is the equivalent of a Florentine steak.

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