WaterLilly Ma & Pa 2012 are a couple of twin prototypes conceived to be used in the near future to populate building surfaces enhancing sustainable behaviors. Acting as a photo bio reactor, Water Lilly Ma&Pa 2012 create the conditions for growing micro-algae over architectural surfaces like building envelopes.
WaterLilly Ma & Pa 2012 have been fabricated to participate at the Bio.23 Ljubjana Biennal of Design, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubjana, September 27th – November 11th 2012. They later participated at the and at the following events:
- Fablab Torino Birthday Party, Torino, February 15th, 2013,
- We Make Open Design: Design dai Codici Apertie la Rivoluzione dei Makers al Fuorisalone, Area35 – Via Vigevano 35, Milano, 10–14th April 2013
- Bottega Digitale con il Fablab Torino al Salone Satellite, Fiera di Milano, Rho, 10-14th April 2013
Like their Gramp, Being a dynamic thermal mass, the water based bio-solution contained in the pipes of the system can interact with the hvac systems of the building by carrying heat or cool temperature from one side to the other, optimizing thermal flows and potentially reducing energy costs in the maintenance of the building temperature. Feed with light, mineral salts and carbon dioxide, the algae grow into a biomass than can then be treated to create bio-fuel and other carbon based polymers. The system at work offers the possibility of an extra-ordinary green night enlightenment, while giving its contribution to carbon dioxide absorption from the environment.
Conceived as an evolution of the WaterLilly Gramp 2012, the WaterLilly Ma&Pa differs because all the needed components to grow algae have been embedded on the wall components themselves, with no need of a service module. Other differences consist in the presence of a RGB LED strips, a PIR movement sensor that make the Lillies aware of people movement around them, and by the absence of the CO2 tank with its solenoid: the metabolic variations happen just through the LED light modulation.
Water Lilly Ma&Pa 2012 have been designed using open modelling software and produced using open digital manufacturing technology. The project kit is published under a Creative Commons licence and is fully downloadable here (Full wip project kit download). The Water Lilly kit contains: software modeling script, technical drawings for cutting machines, list of hardware and software required, and mounting scheme. Build your own Water Lilly or customize her, and enjoy!
conceived and designed by Cesare Griffa with Massimiliano Manno, Denise Giordana, Federico Borello
fabricated @ Fablab Torino, powered by Officine Arduino
special thanks to Sara Bigazzi, Franco Magni, Davide Gomba, Enrico Bassi, Federico Vanzati, Antonio Ravarino, Gabriele Ricchiardi, Federico Rizzo, Marco Caprani, Francesco Puccio, Stefano prds, Marco, Juan Carlos Osorio, Federico Del Gaudio, Andrea Patrucco