By Josiane Augustine. Architecture. Published at Friday, February 09th, 2018 - 22:28:48 PM.
Three buildings designed by the Swiss studio have taken the diversity of the Quartier and translated it into three structures which are different from each other, yet somehow go together. While one recalls the industrial architecture of this area, another features a design that is more restrained. The third building, however, sets a visual accent: a grid-like façade surrounds the clear body of the building, home not only to bars on the ground floor, but also on the roof. In terms of cubature and height, all three structures give a nod to the existing architecture and fit seamlessly into the urban-planning vision of the neighbourhood.
Given that mycelium can form a dense structure by colonizing a substrate, a simple way to use mycelium in architecture was proposed. First, the desired envelope should be realized out of cardboard in the tree structure. Then, cardboard should be inoculated by mycelium, which will be colonized using the cellulose on the cardboard to enable growth toward the desired shape until a solid and compact mycelium envelope is obtained. Finally, mycelium should be dried by hot air projection to kill the growth process while maintaining cell cohesion. The above-mentioned process will develop a whole mycelium envelope of low financial and environmental costs from a simple cardboard structure.
Both constructions are rectangular and stand parallel to the edge of the plot. The annexe faces west; the main house looks to the east. Thanks to the cuneiform lot, this leaves a triangular free space between the buildings, which are accessed from the south. At first glance, the fronts of the two buildings seem a bit withdrawn. All façades have been done in vertical wooden slats. Sleek black creates a quiet, restrained impression. This is complemented by narrow frame views of the windows and the seamless transition from the façade to the roof. The white of the saddle roof corresponds to the light-coloured base of the building.
An A-frame of wooden beams forms the basic shape of the house. The outer walls and roof are of Swedish pine; the ceilings, walls and floors are clad with plywood. Even the furniture consists to a large extent of plywood. It was assembled on site.
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