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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.

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