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The first public installation to utilize Bio-Block, the Spiral Pavilion features a coiled form that references nature while providing structural stability.

Coral reefs occupy only a tiny fraction of the ocean floor, yet they are home to a quarter of all marine species. While they’re delicate and increasingly at risk due to climate change, could they also provide inspiration for how we build our own habitats on land? For the fifth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed a spiral-shaped pavilion that introduced an entirely new construction material: the Bio-Block. Developed by Colorado firm Prometheus Materials, the concrete block alternative harnesses microalgae, one of the many life forms that coral reefs support.

The Spiral Pavilion features a coiled form that references nature while providing structural stability.
The first public installation to utilize Bio-Block, the Spiral Pavilion features a coiled form that references nature...
Bio-Block Represents a Sea Change for the Building Materials Industry

Prometheus Materials previews the next wave of construction with a masonry block made of algae.

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