Mycotecture – growing into form



This project entails a focus on mycelium and its relation to architecture. Our objective is to design an architectural installation using Mycotecture (fungus made blocks) in Valldaura Self Sufficient Labs.

Through this process we have grown the mycelium in order to study the substance and its properties. This included various experiments, using a variety of combinations in order to achieve the best results.

A typical single spore germinates into a homokaryoticmycelium, which cannot reproduce sexually; when two compatible homokaryotic mycelia join and form a dikaryotic mycelium, that mycelium may form fruiting bodies such as mushrooms.

After studying its form and the materials capabilities, we then moulded the material to create blocks which we will later construct into a furniture piece.

In order to direct the angles and shapes of these blocks, a study of ergonomics was conducted. This study acted as a catalyst towards creating a sufficient and comfortable furniture piece that would cater to leisure activities such as resting, seating and group discussions.








In order to test the capabilities and strength of the design, two prototypes where contracted. These prototypes tested contrasting methods of construction, which included stacking and notching.

The First prototypes showcases the method of stacking, where shapes where moulded out of shredded paper. In order to test how this stacking method would work, the structure was sliced into sections. Each section was then moulded out of shredded paper and then stacked on top of one another to achieve one continues and stable form.

The second prototype focuses on a series of notches. In order to stabilise the structure, notches where inserted into each piece. Each notch then intersects with one another, creasing a stable unified form.





In order to further investigate the material, the following experiment where conducted.  The mycelium blocks where crushed and torn apart allowing us to test and study its internal form. These Blocks where then tested in sunlight, darkness, heat and sprayed with water/ glue in order to investigate which additional element would strengthen the material.







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