This cylindrical architectural block looks like an oversized birthday cake covered with spider silk, resembling some kind of Table Cave or a piece of contemporary art that is hard to understand but actually not: Growing Pavilion is a house. beneficial to the environment made entirely of material sprouting from the Mother Earth.
The frame of the wooden block is made of wood, the floor is made from cat tailed grass compressed into blocks, and surrounded by autotrophic mushrooms. Growing Pavilion is one of the focal points of the Dutch Design Week that takes place in Eindhoven. Two of the many studios behind this work are Company New Heroes and Krown-design; In particular, Krown-design is famous for designing and building architectural blocks made from mushrooms.
Jan Berbee, co-founder of Krown-design, explains that EPS plastic sheets covering most of the urban architectural buildings emit up to 3 times more CO2 than their own weight. But when replacing EPS with filamentous mushrooms, the emissions released from a building are greatly reduced, because the fungus absorbs twice as much CO2 as their weight.
But mushroom cultivation is not difficult at all. All you need to do is create a frame and fill the soil with fungus. The frame is quite large, reaching 1.8 meters high and almost 1 meter wide, but in less than a week, mushrooms have grown on the wooden frame. To protect the fungus from environmental influences, designers sprayed the architectural block with a protective layer made of biological material.
Berbee points out that mycelium is similar to a forest, the more it grows, the more certain it is. The mushroom wall also has the ability to isolate between the outer and inner environments, so it is also one of the candidates to make a wall for the human base of Mars in the future.
But the feeling of living in a mushroom-covered house?
“Mushroom products have a slight odor”, Jan Berbee said. “It is also difficult to say what it smells like. Does champignon mushroom smell? Or does abalone mushroom smell?”. It is also possible to describe the exact smell each person smells, but it will certainly be more pleasant than the three pieces of concrete and plastic covering most of our homes.
Refer to FastCo