Yu Min Teoh

Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 2) MArch


A self-growing architecture towards a new living archipelago in Hull. A new space to save the wildlife, restoring and rewilding them after flooding. A self-growing, artificial 3D printed modular using a combination material of ceramic, coral cell and nanotechnology to form a structural foundation. The coral cell, as a plentiful material mimicking coral reef growth, extracts carbon and nutrition from seawater to self-grow and self-repair into a strong structure. At the same time, nanotechnology boosts the self-growing structure 40-70 times faster than an average coral reef growth. After years of tuning and monitoring, the self-growing archipelago grows from the bottom-up. The hard and irregular underwater foundation will attract the local marine ecology and juvenile coral. The ground level above the sea is important for many activities. It not only mimics different habitats for rewilding, but also attracts people to visit and work to grow the economy in the new living Hull. The upper floor level will be a shelter for nesting birds, while the monorail running at the top level will connect the island to the mainland and facilitate travel across the island. The self-growing architecture nurtures a living archipelago that is Hull’s new home and hope.