Grown flooring Grow your own flooring! The surface formed by genetically modified microorganisms.


Main idea is to create tehnlology when flooring made due to living processes, not artifical ones. 

Flooring will consist from metabolic material (material that can grow as living system).

The analogue tehnoloqy is already exist and is based on the metabolism of protocells.

Flooring will grow by itself and it is more sustainable - in future all builging technologies will be based on self-organisation of living systems.

The description of existing analogue technology here :

Similar technoloqies:

The process:

1.Accommodate a mix of genetically modified microorganisms and the culture medium where we want to grow up the floor.

2. Look forward to two weeks until the microorganisms breed and will close the entire surface of the floor.

3. When the culture medium will be eaten, the microorganisms will finish to breed, then die, harden and will form a homogeneous soft rubber-like surface.

Concept of future flooring:

All buildings today have something in common. They're made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of workers. All of this effort results in an inert object. And that means that there is a one-way transfer of energy from our environment into our homes and cities. This is not sustainable. The only way that it is possible for us to construct genuinely sustainable homes and cities is by connecting them to nature, not insulating them from it.

Now, in order to do this, we need the right kind of language. Living systems are in constant conversation with the natural world, through sets of chemical reactions called metabolism. And this is the conversion of one group of substances into another, either through the production or the absorption of energy. And this is the way in which living materials make the most of their local resources in a sustainable way. So we interested in the use of metabolic materials for the practice of architecture. But they don't exist. So we having to make them.

Bartlett School of Architecture collaborating with international scientists in order to generate these new materials from a bottom up approach. That means they�re generating them from scratch. One of its collaborators is chemist Martin Hanczyc, and he's really interested in the transition from inert to living matter.

Martin Hanczyc works with a system called the protocell. Now all this is -- and it's magic -- is a little fatty bag. And it's got a chemical battery in it. And it has no DNA. This little bag is able to conduct itself in a way that can only be described as living. It is able to move around its environment. It can follow chemical gradients. It can undergo complex reactions, some of which are happily architectural. So here we are. These are protocells, patterning their environment. We don't know how they do that yet. Here, this is a protocell, and it's vigorously shedding this skin. Now, this looks like a chemical kind of birth. This is a violent process.

Here, we've got a protocell to extract carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it into carbonate. And that's the shell around that globular fat. They are quite brittle. So you've only got a part of one there. So what we're trying to do is, we're trying to push these technologies towards creating bottom-up construction approaches for architecture, which contrast the current, Victorian, top-down methods which impose structure upon matter. That can't be energetically sensible.

So, bottom-up materials actually exist today. They've been in use, in architecture, since ancient times. If you walk around the city of Oxford, where we are today, and have a look at the brickwork, which I've enjoyed doing in the last couple of days, you'll actually see that a lot of it is made of limestone. And if you look even closer, you'll see, in that limestone, there are little shells and little skeletons that are piled upon each other. And then they are fossilized over millions of years.

Now a block of limestone, in itself, isn't particularly that interesting. It looks beautiful. But imagine what the properties of this limestone block might be if the surfaces were actually in conversation with the atmosphere. Maybe they could extract carbon dioxide. Would it give this block of limestone new properties? Well, most likely it would. It might be able to grow. It might be able to self-repair, and even respond to dramatic changes in the immediate environment.

There is the technology we have today. This is protocell technology, effectively making a shell, like its limestone forefathers, and depositing it in a very complex environment, against natural materials. These metabolic materials have some of the properties of living systems, which means they can perform in similar ways. They can expect to have a lot of forms and functions within the practice of architecture.


Which problem does your idea solve?

Traditional inert constructuion is not sustainable (involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of workers)

How does your idea solve the problem?

The only way that it is possible for us to construct genuinely sustainable building materials is by connecting them to nature, not insulating them from it. We will use metabolic materials

What is the benefit of your idea for the target group?

You don't need to pay for construction work - flooring will be grown by himself, fast ans simple.

Which materials are you using and why?

Protocells microorganisms

Which aesthetic does your idea follow?