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When is a mushroom not a mushroom…

Alice Pritchard

29 August 2017

How about when it’s a pavilion? Welcome to the Degradation Movement. Or put more simply, a way of creating buildings that are alive, evolve and degrade leaving nothing but memories.

The Shell Pavilion, built for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale earlier this year in India, is made from mycelium, the vegetable-y bit of a fungus like a mushroom which grows, eats and merges with the supporting wooden structure. In this case it was mixed with coconut husk fibres which then provide a sort of outer shell.

If it looks like something out of a fairy tale - it almost is - these are the same kind of spores found within the fungi that make up a fairy ring. Over the course of the artistic event this sustainable structure grew, changed colour and then disintegrated.

Designed and built by Beetles3.3 Architecture and Yassin Areddia Design, the Mycelium Pavilion demonstrates a different kind of architecture, one that leaves no trace and the Degradation Movement wants to showcase how biological temporary structures can work as a sustainable solution to architecture for events and how nature can be infused with design to create something revolutionary.

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