Today, mycelium is used as a biomaterial in many different ways such as packaging in the industry; acoustic panels; wall insulations; bricks in buildings; a textile and a raw designed object including furniture. All these current applications realised through moulding, which is an example of a constraining intervention, currently used in design. This research focuses on moving beyond the top-down bio fabrication method and explore the ways to guide the growth of mycelium and its fruiting bodies with minimal intervention. Living materials lose their inherent potential when they are cultivated in a predefined form. Their inherent potential comes from them owning a metabolism, which enables them to grow and adapt autonomously. The work aims to build a dialogue with living materials and facilitate growth by illustrating the parameters that manipulate the morphogenesis of the organism. It will help designers to be a step ahead of the material.  The project will rethink architectural fabrication and demonstrate a new approach in material making processes and geometries using mycelium.



1. Assia STEFANOVA, T. H. ARNARDOTTIR, D. OZKAN, and S. LEE, “International Conference on Emerging Technologies In Architectural Design,” in Approach to Biologically Made Materials and Advanced Fabrication Practices, 2019, p. 176.


What is Mycotecture?

A collaborative that shares knowledge about fungi in all forms.

To exchange ideas, help each other, find individual collaborators, buildup a library of methods and projects

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