Bioreceptive Tile Bricks

BPro RC7 2015/15
Students: Yuegang Ma, Rui Mei, Nianhai Chen
Tutors: Richard Beckett, Marcos Cruz & Javier Ruizz with Guan Lee & Vicente Soler
Project Support: Grymsdyke Farm

An investigation into double-sided, glazed, structural ceramic cladding. The tilebricks are made of clay with an appropriate pH and porosity level to absorb and retain water for moss growth. The clay has added soda specifically located areas to create differentiated glazed surfaces when the components are fired in a kiln. Areas of glazed and non-glazed areas define zones that inhibit or enhance the bio-colonisation of the component’s complex surface.    

A variety of tilebricks were digitally simulated and generated via agent-based systems with an artificial flocking structure that followed the environmental analyses of the site. The resulting surface morphologies aim at potentiating moss growth on specific areas of the components.

To manufacture the tilebricks, a novel and rather complex casting system was developed in which 38 separately milled plaster components created the overall mould for the casts.

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