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.
The MycoTree Structure is Made Entirely from Mushroom Roots
1. Sustainable Building Materials - The use of mycelium as a building material presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the construction industry.
2. Biofabrication - The creation of structures using organic materials such as mushroom roots opens up possibilities for biofabrication applications in various industries.
3. Circular Economy - The utilization of mushroom root fibers in construction supports the development of a circular economy by promoting the use of renewable and biodegradable materials.
1. Construction - The construction industry can explore the potential of utilizing mycelium as a sustainable and cost-effective building material.
2. Architecture - Architects can incorporate mycelium-based structures to design innovative and eco-friendly buildings and structures.
3. Materials Science - The field of materials science can leverage mycelium's properties to develop new biofabrication techniques for various applications.