Volvo makes its role to promote sustainability with a new initiative in which they installed 3D printed marine habitats in the port of Sydney. A living village is made up of 50 tiles designed to mimic the bark of mangroves. Created in collaboration with Reef Design Lab and Sydney Institute of Marine Science, seawater will provide a new marine habitat for years to come.
Made of marble concrete, tiles are designed in a way that allows cracked animals to use colonies. By attracting micro-organisms for filtering, pollutants in the water are absorbed and filtered. Over the next two decades, researchers will monitor the site to see how water quality and biodiversity are improving.
"Volvo's Living Seawall shows what can be done when we design and build coastal facilities around the world. It's about making these structures as useful to the environment as possible," shared Rif Design Laboratory Industrial Designer Alex Goad. "Living Living" is flooding the damaging structure of the marine habitat and is a unique opportunity to explore which specific designs and geometries are best for supporting ecosystems in our oceans. "
These efforts to replace destroyed ecosystems are just one step in Volvo's efforts to improve our planet. The Volvo Ocean Race hosted beach cleaning around the world in an attempt to reduce plastic pollution and their work does not end there. They vowed to remove disposable plastics from all their offices, events and canteens by the end of the year. By 2025, Volvo also aims to have 1 million electric cars on the road, while they continue to think outside the box when it comes to car design. For example, the XC40 includes car mats made from recycled plastic bottles.
"There is a Swedish word, omtanke, meaning "care" and "consideration," says Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia. "I think it really captures what we are trying to achieve with Living Seawall, and sum up Volvo's approach to sustainability at all. We always try to think, find, redesign for the better."
The 3D printed model Volvo installed in Sydney Hubur has cracks for imitating the natural environment.
Find out more about Volvo Living Seawall and how it helps the environment.
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