Scape Agency explores with Bioreceptive Stations how railway infrastructure can actively contribute to the green and healthy living environment of tomorrow. Recycled concrete crossbeams are transformed into modular building elements that stimulate the growth of CO2 absorbing microbial ecosystems.
An initial analysis showed that travelers have their most pleasant experiences during the actual transit between stations, where they enjoy the open freedom and calm of the natural landscape. Bioreceptive Stations sets out to create a circular icon for the Dutch railways that embodies and extends this feeling into healthy and green experience over the full length of the journey and into the railway stations.
The bioreceptive elements that constitute this vision upcycle concrete crossbeams into bioreceptive surfaces that are susceptible for microbial growth of mosses, lichen and algae. These microorganisms are very efficient CO2 absorbers; once fully covered the panels balance out the CO2 generated in the production process of the original crossbeams within one year.
The development of the elements was done in parallel over multiple levels of scale and disciplines; macro, meso, micro and meta. These scales are analogous for how mosses grow on natural surfaces; the forest, the tree, the bark and the mosses themselves.