Breathing concrete

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/// Breathing concrete

IMAGINED BY: Marcel Bilow

DATE: 12/05/2005

KEYWORDS: concrete, façade cladding, ventilation, breathing

PERFORMANCE: air ventilation

Beside the necessary reinforcement of a concrete wall, a fine mesh of ventilation pores could be integrated into the concrete that allows wind to flow through a massive wall element.
In a first test, a set of small breathing valves was produced with rapid prototyping to create an ultra fine 3-dimensional structure that allows air flow but keeps the water out during rainy conditions.
The goal of this concept is a type of reinforcement that provides strength as well as the possibility to integrate air valves.

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