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Building biodiversity

Stroncq prototype | Omlab x Lilian van Daal — © Omlab

How can biodegradable materials for construction and infrastructure benefit (urban) biodiversity? Omlab developed an ecologically sound and cement free material, light weight and with the strength of gypsum concrete.

Yksi shows Omlab's waste based design research.

no concrete or plastic

Omlab developed material prototypes Buildmatterial and Itbettermatter, with almost 100% raw materials from sewage and drinking water treatment.

Buildmatterial shows that 3d constructive printing (3dcp) can become 3d circular printing. And the lime in Omlab's 3D printing paste Itbettermatter counteracts acidification of the soil. Add seeds and minerals and the object strengthens - for example - an earth wall without plastic or concrete mats.

3D constructive printing or 3D concrete printing (3dcp) could / should be 3D circular printing in the future! Each prototype is based on the principle: environmentally friendly construction and (!) (soil)biodiversity.

Omlab shows the near-future scenario for construction and infrastructure products in the 3D-printed slope tile of Stroncq, the fauna modules and the degradation study.

Stroncq: Omlab x Lilian van Daal

Stroncq honors nature as an inventor. The prototype of a biodegradable slope tile forms the seat of a stool. As a showcase, Stroncq is a call for product ideas: Maacq Waar(de) - Dutch for make value & make it happen - in collaboration with AquaMinerals. Design: Lilian van Daal. Development, material and 3d-print: Omlab.

Modular by nature - Omlab x MVRDV

Speculative fauna modules, biodegradable architecture for insects, birds and other city dwellers. Does all siding have to be for eternity? Test location: MVRDV HQ. Co-op: Omlab, MVRDV Climate Collective, Raven Kiss, Mobilane.

About Omlab

Omlab is a studio for circular biobased design(research). Omlab designs and makes for the built environment with respect to nature. The studio focuses on local tertiary (read: waste) raw materials and doesn't use minerals or fossil raw materials at all. We need to radically change!

Omlab develops together with industry, education and co-designers.
Omlab participates in the government's Emission-Free Building Programme and is part of the Foster and Partners materials library, London.

Modular by nature | Omlab x MVRDV — © Omlab

World earth day 2022 at MVRDV HQ — © Omlab x Raven Kiss

Omlab's degredation and soil research. — © Omlab

Modular by nature [Omlab x MVRDV]