To cope with the environmental impact of the construction, we propose a living, ecological and nourishing architecture. Inspired by forest ecosystems, we use mushrooms to transform city waste into living forms.
We recover waste from the city: cardboard, wood, market crates or cups to recycle them with mushrooms. Their root systems, called mycelium, feed on this waste to grow and transform it into biological and living material.
We've decided to introduce 3D printing to create complex shapes that are conducive to the development of the fungus. We print design or architectural objects with the waste substrate. Once the object has been colonized by mycelium, there are two possibilities: cooking it to create an inert and structuring object or letting it live, to bear fruit and obtain a productive object for the city.
The Living Bricks Arch is presented at the exhibition ‘Fabrique du Vivant’ at the Centre Pompidou in February 2019. We participated to the construction of the Bricks and the Arch hand in hand with The Living, an architectural office in New York.
The Arch is composed of about 1600 mycelium bricks and was constructed in-situ in the Centre Pompidou. The bricks were poured into a wooden framework. An arch formed itself naturally thanks to the form of the bricks. The mycelium grew between the bricks so that the bricks binded after a few days, resulting in a structural mycelium arch bio-welded.