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PRODUCT DIRECTORY

Load-bearing Products  p. 172 Self-supporting Products  p. 178 Insulating Products  p. 180 Waterproofing Products  p. 184 Finishing Products  p. 187

LOAD-BEARING PRODUCTS

Biorock  Construction Beams

Olzweg  Construction Bricks

RESOURCE

RESOURCE

Mineral-saturated seawater

Discarded glass

TYPE

TYPE

Cultivated

Transformed

SIZES

SIZES

Custom

Custom

MANUFACTURER AND DESIGNER

DESIGNER

Wolf Hilbertz, Dr. Thomas J. Goreau, Biorock Inc., MA, USA

New-territories / R&Sie(n), Paris, France

PROJECT

Olzweg, p. 110

PROJECT

Biorock, p. 154

Biorock grows rock-hard limestone coatings of any preferred thickness on steel frames of any desired shape or size through electrolysis. The resulting material has a compression strength about three times the strength of concrete made from ordinary Portland cement. A minimum voltage of 1.23 V (at standard conditions, plus junction potentials) is needed to initiate electrolysis of water. This innovative material grows faster and harder in warm tropical waters than in cold boreal waters and is envisioned to play a crucial part in maritime and even underwater architectures.

The designers propose to produce glass bars, each from three recycled green glass bottles, heated and poured into an elongated mould. The glass reaches a density of 2,500 kg/m3 and an extremely high compression strength of 1 GPa, rendering it a highly valuable building material, also considering additional qualities such as transparency and insulation. These glass bars are non-combustible.

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