Filtration Block

Elaine Tong*

Posted on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Filtration Block is a modular structural unit that performs as an indoor air filtration system to create healthier air as it absorbs common indoor air toxins such as fomaldehyde and benzene.

Instead of a mechanical filter, the module utilizes common indoor plants whose roots are highly efficient in absorbing an array of indoor chemicals. The structure is based on the Weaire Phelan geometry for maximum spatial flexibility. The modules lock together to form a structural wall or ceiling system. Each module is glazed for light exposure, and acts as a micro greenhouse. The plants are sustained by a water misting infrastructure that calibrates the delivery of water though the use of humidity sensors and atomizers.

Guided by: Carol Moukheiber and Christos Marcopoulos


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  • Vanesha

    So when can I buy one?? :D

  • Umesh

    Liked your idea. But how easy it is to replace the plants??Wont it would be a pain to remove the unit again and again and replace the plants??

  • http://twitter.com/teknomad Technology Nomad

    The cells need multiple hinged faces so that the plants can be maintenanced, and the whole unit needs to be rigged for hanging from the ceiling (probably better than standing up from the floor). Also, how does it get plumbed for water? First thing that comes to mind is a recirculation pump feeding from a reservoir that I can refill once a week…but a trickle feed from house water supply would also work (I assume there’s no drain?).

    Otherwise, kit this baby up and start selling it! Kickstarter or Indiegogo can help you there. I’d kick a 3-plant unit for, say, $250, but you could probably sell it for more after its been kickstarted.

  • Alex Hantman

    Are there build plans available?

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