Biotech Playground Warsaw, Poland

ETFE Façade and Funnel

Technical / General information:

Membrane design: ETFE Façade and Funnel
Planner: ecoLogicStudio by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto
Client: Otrivin Breathe Clean
Membrane Completion: May 2021



The innovation brings to life the world´s first biotechnological playground to integrate air-purifying micro-algae!

AirBubble creates a purified microclimate for children to play in, a true bubble of clean air in the Centre of Warsaw (Poland). The project is located within the public green space outside of the Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik), a site which will also host a dedicated exhibition illustrating the design innovation behind the invention of AirBubble. The playground integrates the Photo-Synthetica-technology for the advanced integration of photosynthesis in the built enviroment.

Façade and Funnel was completely designed in house by Temme // Obermeier

AirBubble invents a new architectural typology. It incorporates a cylindrical timber structure wrapped in an ETFE membrane protecting 52 glass algae reactors. This creates a real urban algae greenhouse. The space is equipped with ropes, foot pumps and bouncy spheres, and can function as both playground and outdoor classroom.