Yeo Su, South Korea
The concepts behind (BIO) membrane, a competition for Yeo Su’s Worlds Expo 2012 centered around three main ideas – experiential and visual connections to the city, landscape and ocean, sustainability, and plankton life cycles. The Expo (BIO) membrane would be a self sustaining entity for the duration of the Expo and beyond when the building transforms into a marine biology research center. A recycled oil rig was proposed as the primary structural component with a fuel producing membrane of algae biofuel and photo voltaics producing electricity. In the case of the external skin (membrane) it is used strategically as a wrapper for both program and exhibitions spaces yet allowing clear curtain wall and open spaces to have visual and experiential connections to the ocean, city, and landscape beyond.