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Meet Hy-Phi: 13-Meter-Tall Mycelium Tower

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Architects and mycologists have been experimenting with mycelium based construction materials for close to a decade. When the fungus is implanted in a suitable place,

The characteristics of mycelium-based biocomposite will depend on the selected fungus species and the substrate used. It will behave like glue, cementing the substrate and transforming it into a solid block after going through an oven to completely deactivate the microorganisms present.

Perfect example of this biological building material is Hy-Phi, a sustainable buidling manufactured out of 10,000 compostable bricks, constructing a 13-meter-tall tower, capable of withstanding 65 mph winds. Once disassembled bricks where composted in local community gardens.

There is still a lot of research required to have the efficiency, competitiveness, and industrial quality needed for mass use. However, being 100% biodegradable, grown from waste, and achieving excellent functional characteristics, mycelium represents a paradigm shift in the way we approach the use, and disposal of construction materials.

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