What’s the place of ornamentation in today’s architecture with its difficult and conflicted quest for sustainability and economic efficiency?
How can the industrial waste of the marble industry be upcycled within an ecological framework?
The production of marble, one of architecture’s most decorative materials, results in an immense amount of waste material. Up to 70 percent of extracted material becomes stone rubble and dust.
This project has worked to develop a circular building material based on the fine dust that results from marble processing and explores its decorative and structural potential.
The project has developed at the convergence of the real and the fictive and progressed through physical and hypothetical experiments to speculate into a future construction system and material. This material has been developed with ecology in mind, using biodegradable binders to make for a strong but recyclable material. Guided by the properties of the material, the construction techniques take starting point in contemporary cake decorating techniques and explores the possibility of translating these into a structural system at the intersection of decoration and structurally informed geometry. The techniques use low-tech DIY tools in combination with robotic fabrication.