Published on July 2nd, 2014 | by Dawn Killough1
Bio-Tower Made of Bricks Grown from Corn
From DeZeen: New York studio The Living has completed this year’s MoMA PS1 gallery pavilion – a cluster of circular bio-towers built from bricks that have been grown from corn stalks and mushrooms. Hy-Fi was the winning project in the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) contest, which each year invites emerging architects to propose a temporary structure that will host MoMA Ps1‘s summer events.
Designed by The Living principal David Benjamin, the structure is built from entirely from biodegradable materials. Each of the bricks used to construct it were grown rather than manufactured, using a combination of agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium – a kind of natural digestive glue.
Specially designed molds were used to cultivate the bio-bricks. They were coated in a light-refracting film developed by materials firm 3M and some were then built into the structure around the top, helping to bounce light down inside.
Gaps in the brickwork help to naturally ventilate the interior using the stack effect, drawing cool air in at the bottom and pushing hot air out at the top. According to MoMA PS1, the tower is designed to create a “pleasant microclimate” throughout the summer.
“Hy-Fi offers shade, colour, light, views, and a futuristic experience that is refreshing, thought-provoking, and full of wonder and optimism,” said the gallery in a statement. The tower will remain in place until September 7.
Photos: Kris Graves