Decay Brick = Micro Cellulose Internal Components + Biodegradable Mesh Skin





Design Question = The concept of life, and death is one that has been debated since the beginning of existence itself, but which came first? Can life exist without death, or can death exist without life? How does our man made materials, and architectures react to the natural laws of movement, or change through chemical reactions? We are also interested in how human relationships, and  perceptions change as a major component of subtle metamorphosis in the experience of an architectural space that performs material decay of its building chemistry.


Test Subject = Architectural Building components Species x65i = Plant Skin + Soil_Casein x Fruit Skin


Experiment = Allow natural architectural bricks made from plant skin and other soil additives to decay in a natural environment until life can be vividly seen thriving on its process of death, or internal structural instability.


Research = As organic fruits age, their cellular structures become vulnerable to attack by other natural agents. As nutrients deplete, the fungal colonies starts to reduce in size. In addition, the internal fruit substrate is affected by soft bacterial rot, which stimulates a decrease in the fruits water volume. This process is called transpiration. As water naturally evaporates from the fruit, it decreases in mass, and slowly begins a shrinking process. The rate of this process depends on the internal structure, and durability of the fruits outer skin. Some fruit skins are more porous while others have thick layers of protection. Hydrostatic pressure begins to increase the longer the fruit decays. Transpiration also depends on the elements of the natural environment such as temperature, and water vapour pressure. Once natural agents like bacteria, or maggots have found a home in the fruit, they further weaken the surface, and completely break down the fruit into nutrients for the soil. Finally the bacteria will create another home for the internal fruit seed in nutrient rich soil to jump-start the life cycle all over again. With this in mind we wanted to experiment with new architectural bricks that decay while producing new conditions of life for micro-organisms. This process of mixing fruit skin, black iron clay, and cellulose with an architectural brick formula will allow this process to be used in a series of components in different environments. Each brick has a different decay rate, and can be used in different areas within an architectural pavilion. The final outcome would be a pavilion made specially to die, or decay only to live or create new life.


Calculated Theory = Life is death, and death is life. All energy exists on a conscious, and unconscious plane that simultaneously complements each other. This connecting, and propelling system allows everything that exists to claim a state of perfection when living, decaying, and even in a deceased form. The movements, and transformations in nature are all around us but are many times overlooked because of their distinct speed, colour reactions, acute smells, and quiet tactile changes. In this project we are interested in the subtle metamorphosis, and changing elements within architectural building components.


RUST    =  Reaction

MOLD   =  Growth

MELT    =  Heat

WIND    =  Feel

TEAMP =  Space

 iox[dr] =106hrs

 iox[dr] = 24hrs

 iox[dr] = decay rate

Casein Brick Microbial Growth

Casein Brick Components

 iox[dr] = 500hrs

 iox[dr] = 700hr

Casein Brick Organs