Reader Submitted: 'The Coral' Introduces Humans to the Benefits of Growing Micro-Algae at Home

‘The Coral’ is an indoor micro-algae farm designed to rebuild a relationship with algae, critical for sustainability yet less appreciated, in our everyday lives. This wall-mounted bioreactor proposes a daily ritual for algae consumption for a sustainable alternative of nutritional diets. The Coral also highlights algae’s environmental benefits through a symbol of revitalizing coral from ‘coral bleaching.’ Besides, the representation augments an indoor experience, allowing us to welcome the algae farm at home for aesthetic purposes. The Coral suggests a socially acceptable way of bringing algae, which helps us take one step forward to a better sustainable way of living.

The Coral suggests a more sustainable way of living by bringing algae into our everyday lives.
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Its sculptural front presents the lively patterns of corals, highlighting algae’s environmental importance as well as providing an ever-changing aesthetic experience.
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The medium in culture cells turns green as algae grow (1/3)
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The medium in culture cells turns green as algae grow (2/3)
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The medium in culture cells turns green as algae grow (3/3)
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Each of its 16 culture cells can grow algae for the amount of recommended daily intake, allowing us to replenish and harvest algae continuously in a bi-weekly cycle.
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The Coral soaks up CO2 in the air, and each valve on the bottom can control air flow to each cell.
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Once the medium turns dark-green, algae can be harvested through a simple filtration process.
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Each cell is sitting on a grid wall by a neodymium magnet attachment.
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By algae grow, the color in the cell turns from transparent to shades of green.
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