“The basic idea of sustainability, after all, is that we should walk lightly on the earth.”
– Conny Bakker, professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy, TU Delft.
In architecture weight reduction is an important factor to become more sustainable. It is often supposed that heavy, robust architecture is safer, stronger and more durable. However, this principle is expensive for the environment, being highly inefficient in terms of energy, production, transport, reuse.
We believe that a healthy and sustainable architecture is efficient: no material is wasted and all elements carry their fair share of load. But how can we lose what weights us down without compromising safety, convenience, durability?
In the research project BIONIC LACE we take the first steps in implementing our vision of a light and energy-efficient architecture of the future. We take nature as a role model. In nature, structural efficiency and economical use of materials is achieved through ingenuity of form. We can learn how a minimum of materials can create maximum effect from the intriguingly complex single-cell organism Radiolaria or from the intricate spider webs. The artistry and craftsmanship of lace-making embody this nature-inspired concept of the ‘less is more’ economy: less materials – more design.
BIONIC LACE develops 3D laces based on the lace heritage of ingenious yarn binding techniques, along with the development of custom fibres and ropes to support functionality of the 3D lace structures for interior architecture applications.
BIONIC LACE is a project by Studio Samira Boon, i.c.w. lace artist Margreeth Heijs and Touwslagerij Steenbergen and is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL.