WaterLilly 3.17 prototype ready for testing

The prototype of the brand new WaterLilly 3.17, a photobioreactor for microalage indoor farming is ready, and testing is beginning. We plan to solve the major hydraulic and electronic issues in the next few weeks and have the first spirulina harvesting before Xmas :) more info here! Advertisements

WaterLilly 3.17 prototype fabrication kick off

We are so glad to announce the kick off of the fabrication phase of our new architectural photobioreactor: the WaterLilly 3.17. Check here for more info. WaterLilly 3.17 Architectural photobioreactor for spirulina Working since 2011 on the idea of introducing microalgae technology into architecture, we met a lot of potentials investors, and we realized that … Continue reading

Sammy P. in Berlin

Sammy P., the photosynthetic wall prototype designed and fabricated by IED Torino students of the Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design, will be on show in the exhibit Human Factor – Endless Prototyping organized by Ars Electronica at Drive Volkswagen Forum in Berlin. Opening tonight, it will be on until the 27th of August 2016. … Continue reading

SAMMY P. first showcase @ Ventura Lambrate 2016

Our students of the Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design at IED Torino spent the last 5 weeks practicing 3d modeling and parametric design softwares, digital fabrication techniques and physical computing with Arduino/Genuino. The result is the amazing installation SAMMY P. entirely designed and fabricated by them in this incredible short time. Mission impossible: accomplished! SAMMY … Continue reading

Bioskin microalgae facade system

Our design commitment, developed over the last few years, in microalgae systems lays on the background of Cesare’s idea to promote the Bioskin Consortium, dedicated to the design, building and maintenance of microalgae based liquid green facades. The Bioskin facades create a positive symbiosis within the built environment producing a series of virtuous effects for the environment: reduce buildings CO2 emissions by … Continue reading

WaterLilly becomes a Nénuphar!

Great freshly published new book on FabLabs: FabLab La révolution est en marche, curated by Massimo Menichinelli for Editions Pyramyd. The book was out at the beginning of September 2015, and we recently received our copy in the studio. Funny thing: it’s a french book, and the WaterLillies have been translated to Nénuphar… Pretty cool!  

Our Algae go East on Domus China

May 2015 edition of Domus China n. 97 features a great 3 full spreads on our WaterLilly universe, including the study for a vertcial algae farm developped last year, and the excerpts of a conversation between Jan Wurm (Arup), Mario Tredici (Florence University), and Cesare Griffa. A part from our contribution, it is definitely a very … Continue reading

MiniLilly PCB

In the process of optimization of the MiniLilly, we designed a brand new PCB to be used as an Arduino shield to connect and control all the sensors and the RGB lighting system. PCB Design: Matteo Amela

LillyBot flies to Dublin

From May Day to the 19th of July, LillyBot 2.0 will be at the Science Gallery in Dublin in the exhibit Home/Sick – post domestic bliss. HOME\SICK: POST-DOMESTIC BLISS explores how our homes might be reconfigured and reimagined as centres of connection in spite of emigration, of intimacy in spite of digital distraction, of food and … Continue reading

Vertical Algae Farm 2014

Last year, we were involved in the design and development of a vertical algae facade for Expo 2015 in Milan. Based on our WaterLilly 2.0, the system was designed to wrap the Future Food District pavilion curated by Carlo Ratti Associati and MIT Senseable City Lab. It was a facade of 75 x 18 m, approximately … Continue reading

Federico’s BIOCLAD

The last September, Federico Borello’s project BIOCLAD has been presented  for Final Graduation at the Politecnico di Torino. Federico graduated with honors and the project has been awarded with publication among the school’s best Final Thesis. The thesis is part of a body of work that Cesare Griffa and Roberto Giordano are building on the theme … Continue reading

ALGAETECTURE | EXPO 2015 PREVIEW: Algae systems to design and feed the city

Milan, 7th April 2014 – Algae is the seemingly unlikely term that is being discussed at the heart of EXPO Milano 2015. As part of the Future Food District project, being developed by Carlo Ratti Associati at the central crossroads of the EXPO site, the pavilions’ façades and canopy utilize new systems of micro-algae, designed … Continue reading

cg @ Technion

On January 13th, cg delivered a private lecture titled “Smart creatures: bio-hacking in architecture” to the Technion Israel Institute of Technology – Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning Faculty on his recent work.  

algae lab development

In the last few months we’ve been working hard with algae. New experiments include: – setting up of self-sufficient systems with living animals – refining growing and harvesting techniques – building a micro-algae library – optimizing feeding solutions – design of vertical systems for façade wrapping We are working with Carlo Ratti’s team to set up … Continue reading

featured on wired italia

CG features with WaterLilly on the story  “Le facce della genialità. Storie di maker italiani” (txt by Lorenzo Mannella, photo by Mattia Balsamini) on the November 2013 issue of Wired Italia. The shooting took place in Rome during the MakerFaire last October. Awesome ;)

Lilly-bot @ Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven

It’s an intense fall! After the great Maker Faire Rome, we will be on stage again at Now Future – Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven 19-27 October. If you’re around join us at the Klokgebouw exhibition,  hal 2, position no: 21. We will be exhibiting the brand new member of the WaterLilly family, Lilly-bot, developed with the support of … Continue reading

@ MakerFaire Rome!

Only 12 hours to the first European MakerFaire in Rome… we will be there presenting the brand new  components of the WaterLilly family:  DemoLilly 2013, and WaterLilly_Starter_Kit 2013! Have a preview at the WaterLilly pages, and if you’re around, come to the Faire and join us to grab one of the micro-algae pipettes we are distributing … Continue reading

Massachussets Institute of Technology senseable city Lab

As part of the Fulbright Research Scholar program, Cesare Griffa is joining the MIT Senseable City Lab in Cambridge (MA) as Visiting Scholar to further develop the research on the integration of algae photo bio reactors within architectural surfacing.

Algae and the making of a photobioreactor presentation

A presentation that explains why it’s valuable to include algae as an architectural  feature, and how we built our photobioreactor prototypes WaterLilly.

Water Lilly Brick

We’re beginning to explore new directions in the Water Lilly project, looking for a brick system that can be used to create architectural envelopes to grow micro-algae. This very first brick array is the starting point of an entire new research branch that aims to deveop real architectural components that can be used to create … Continue reading