Architect and textile designer Marin Sawa‘s beautiful work explores ways that we can incorporate the production of biofuels within our built environments. With her Algaerium, she has created a series of living surfaces and textiles that cultivate and produce green energy in the form of algae.
Sawa’s interest in “smart” materials has led her to specialize in multidisciplinary design, where she successfully combines textiles, biology and architecture. She is fascinated by the ‘simplicity’ of these intricate organic materials and qualities that are engineered to be intelligent, but devoid of electronics.
Marin Sawa’s intent with the Algaerium was to create and explore algae as spatial installations in urban conditions. By working with the photosynthetic method, she combines algae and light to produce stunning color systems that react and respond to the surrounding environment. The designer explains: “The project proposes utilization of algae’s biological attributes such as photosynthesis and bioluminescence as beneficial design solutions in response to our contemporary ‘environmental consciousness’.”