As we are the designers working with local narratives, we wanted to experiment with the earth as an innovative material, especially in combination with emerging technologies of 3D printing.
The CLayer project is an effort to design an urban building module that reduces air pollution. By using a local clay material and structural 3D printing, we developed a brick that reduces dust particles as air flows through it. Based on a database of more than 100 Slovenian local clays, we identified a clay from the Soča river as the one with the most appropriate features for 3D printing. The outcome is a design that aesthetically references traditional architectural motive while providing very contemporary look, especially when used in an urban environment.