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A Building That Grows Itself From Salt Deposits

A Building That Grows Itself From Salt Deposits
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A conceptual structure that does not need traditional construction, instead relies on local environmental conditions to build itself.

Naresh Kumar
  • 30 september 2010

California-based Faulders Studio has conceptualized a new building that would develop itself from unique environmental conditions. The GEOtube will be located near a salt-rich water body and will be covered with a unique vascular pipe system. Using salt deposits acquired locally from the Persian Gulf and relying on water evaporation, the building will transform into a solid structure over time.

More from the studio itself:

GEOtube is a new kind of urban sculptural tower. Gravity-sprayed with adjacent Persion Gulf waters, its building skin is entirely grown rather than constructed; is in continual formation rather than fully completed; and is created locally rather than imported. The world’s highest salinity for oceanic water is found in the Persian Gulf (and the Red Sea) – local salt water is supplied to GEOtube via a new 4.62 km buried pipeline and misted onto the tower’s exposed mesh. As the water evaporates and salt deposits aggregate over time, the tower’s appearance transforms from a transparent skin to a highly visible white solid plane. The result is a specialized habitat for wildlife that thrives is this environment, and an accessible surface for the harvesting of crystal salt.

Faulders Studio

[via Neatorama]

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