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"Bridging nature and technology will lead to new innovative solutions."


"Bridging nature and technology will lead to new innovative solutions."

Stroncq is an ecological and biodegradable embankment reinforcement tile inspired by the strength of the root structure of plants. 

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Collaboration with Omlab

Type of work
Bio based, biomimicry

What can nature and its smallest life-forms teach us? These life-forms are the starting point of Lilian van Daal’s research.


How can we create the strongest possible embankment reinforcement by imitating natural principles? And how can we create something that will eventually be taken over by real nature? The project is a symbioses of design, biology, material and technology. 

Plant roots are the most efficiënt embankment reinforcement we can think of. In our "man-made" world, we are sometimes looking for fast solutions. This embankment reinforcement tile is made from a 3D printable, ecological material developed by Omlab, with 98% residual flows from sewage and drinking water treatment.

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Lime in the 3D-printpaste counteracts acidification of the soil. Seeds can be added to the paste and after a while, the root structure of plants will take over the strength of the biodegradable tile.


This project was a showcase for a call for product ideas: Maacq Waar(de), a co-op of AquaMinerals and Omlab. To show the great potential of the material and technology, the embankment reinforcement tile forms the seat of Stroncq. A seating object that shows the strength of the material.

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“There is no better designer than nature.” 

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