The London Garden of Heterotopias

Luminous Crusting, Bio-ID

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UK)

Luminous Crusting is a project that questions perceptual and environmental ‘flatness’ of synthetic materials in comparison to extremely thin, but highly expressive and performative biogenic ‘micro-crusts’. These living, grown micro-crusts are highly ordered three-dimensional structures on a microscopic level. As such, they act not only as visual enhancers through deep iridescent appearance that changes with light and viewers movement, but as a living mediator between building tissue and the environment.

Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Bio-Integrated Design (Bio-ID), Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (CNIE), Chemical Engineering, UCL
Nina Jotanovic, Bartlett Bio-ID
Prof Marcos Cruz, Bartlett Bio-ID
Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens, CNIE
Research project funded by EPSRC and UCL.