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Volvo partners with Reef Lab Designs to encourage ocean biodiversity
20 Feb 2019 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
The tiles are made from marine-grade concrete and recycled plastic fibres
Photo: Volvo
Car manufacturer Volvo has partnered with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab to create an environmentally-friendly 'living' seawall along Sydney harbour, that aims to improve biodiversity and water quality along that stretch of coast.

Designed to imitate the root structure of mangrove trees, a popular habitat for marine life, the seawall consists of 50 3D-printed tiles made from marine-grade concrete and reinforced with recycled plastic fibres.

The tiles, which were attached to an existing sea wall, feature a unique hexagonal shape that is intended to attract wildlife, such as molluscs and oysters, that filters water by feeding on passing particles.

"The Living Seawall adds complexity to the existing seawall structure and provides a habitat for marine life," the company said in a statement.

"This aids biodiversity and attracts filter-feeding organisms that actually absorb and filter our pollutants - such as particulate matter and heavy metals - keeping the water clean. The more organisms we have, the cleaner the water."
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Civic Architects' LocHal Public Library named World Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival
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BIG and Mecanoo win at INSIDE World Festival of Interiors
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State Library Victoria reopens after Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus revamp
State Library Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia, has reopened after being revamped by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Australian studio Architectus to expand its community outreach and enhance the visitor experience.
Mixed-use, community and culture recognised at World Architecture Festival day two
The second day of the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF) 2019 saw mixed-use, cultural and community projects celebrated across a number of categories.
Bathe under the midnight sun in Sweden’s new floating hotel and spa
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