Mushrooms can do a lot of things, and with the MycoTree project from architect Dirk Hebel and engineer Philippe Block, holding up a building might be one of them. The two established designers have created a self-supporting structure made entirely out of the fiber from mushroom roots, creating the potential for more sustainably sourced building materials.
MycoTree is a tree-shaped structure built out of mycelium, the material that comes from the root systems of fungi. According to Hebel and Block, the material is strong enough to create a self-supporting two-storey building, provided that the structure is designed with the correct geometrical formations.
The current concept is on display at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, the inaugural event in the South Korean capital city.