The Growing Pavilion by creative organization Company New Heroes and biotechnology company Krown Design sets a precedent for the future of architecture with its innovative, bio-based design. The structure is made out of simple materials like timber, hemp, cotton and mycelium (the thread-like structures of fungi), the latter of which is not only natural but effective for capturing twice its weight in carbon dioxide.
The structure was set up for Dutch Design Week and offers food for thought on how bio-based building has the potential to support a circular economy. Although there are challenges for creating large-scale projects with these materials, The Growing Pavilion asks questions like: "Why aren’t biobased materials also seen as better, smarter, more original, healthier and more beautiful alternatives to what we already know?"
Image Credit: Company New Heroes, Krown Design