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For the past 5 years I’ve been looking at the shells of unicellular organisms called foraminifera through the microscope. Now, I can’t look at human architecture anymore without seeing huge shells.

Biominerals, such as shells, seem to be at the intersection of living and dead matter; an attempt of life to create order and preservation amid the chaos and random motions of elements in fluids and gasses. Biominerals are shaped into solid objects within and around the body, that often remain preserved after death. As these objects, such as wisdom teeth, bones, kidney stones and external skeletons, can be disconnected from the body, you can question where the body ends and the skeleton begins. Can human buildings hence also be seen as biominerals, as externalised parts of the body that provide a place to hide, forming our future fossils?

For the ongoing project On micro-and macroscopic houses I'm placing human architecture (site-specific) into a geological context, starting with the origin of foraminiferal shells 500 million years ago.

Furthermore, I'm experimenting with developing new building materials inspired by biomineralization mechanisms at different spatial scales, in collaboration with a.o. de Waag, de Onkruidenier and Dr. Mariette Wolthers. More news on this adventure will follow soon!