Bioreceptive Stations

Healthy and Circular Railways

Bioreceptive Stations explores how railway infrastructure can actively contribute to the green and healthy living environment of tomorrow. Upcycled concrete crossbeams are transformed into modular building elements that stimulate the growth of microbial ecosystems, resulting in a circular railway infrastructure that converts CO2.

An initial analysis showed that travelers have their most pleasant experiences during the actual transit between stations, where they enjoy the open freedom and calm of the natural landscape. Bioreceptive Stations sets out to create a circular icon for the Dutch railways that embodies and extends this feeling into healthy and green experience over the full length of the journey and into the railway stations.

The bioreceptive elements that constitute this vision upcycle concrete crossbeams into bioreceptive surfaces that are susceptible for microbial growth of mosses, lichen and algae. These microorganisms are very efficient CO2 absorbers; once fully covered the panels balance out the CO2 generated in the production process of the original crossbeams within one year.

The development of the elements was done in parallel over multiple levels of scale and disciplines; macro, meso, micro and meta. These scales are analogous for how mosses grow on natural surfaces; the forest, the tree, the bark and the mosses themselves.


  • Architecture
  • Landscape Design
  • Product Design
  • Infrastructure
  • Product
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Ongoing
  • Technical Development  | 2020-04 - Now
  • Design Development  | 2020-02 - 2020-04
  • Concept Development  | 2019-12 - 2020-02
  • Biodesign
  • Bioreceptivity
  • Circular Design
  • Circular Economy
  • Materials Science
  • Microbiology


Scape Agency selected for Dutch Design Week 2020

In April the jury selected the four winners of the What If Lab: Circular Stations. Due to the high level of the concepts not three but four participants got chosen for the next phase.