By simply altering the shape, Tijs Gilde—using a vacuum membrane — transforms the ECO-oh! board material into a modular building block. The boards are heated in an oven before they are placed in an MDF mold. Using a silicone membrane, the boards are subsequently vacuum formed in the MDF mold. This process gives the material additional bearing strength, which, in addition to its durability and water-resistant properties, makes it suitable to be used in an architectural context for applications such as modular façades or roof panel systems.
The current stage in the development of the ECO-oh! mat is the solid board that is the result of the controlled heating of the mat. However, by intervening in the heating process or by manipulating the shape of the board, constructive and spatial applications can be found.