Mycelium Bricks as Alternative Building Materials
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What if there is a better material for our future?
Get to know about "Upcycled Bio-based Blocks for Partition Wall Components" by Pelita Hrapan University. They developed block prototypes from mycelium and sawdust waste with MYCL™️, coffee chaff waste with Bell Society, and used cotton cloth with Mortier.
Appropriated Building Technology is an elective class in the Architecture Department of Pelita Harapan University. MYCL™️ is one of the assistants among three respective Indonesian bio-based material makers.
These materials not only make use of waste, rendering them recyclable and generating minimal waste at the end of their lifespans, but they also possess functional characteristics suitable for everyday use: they are lightweight, sturdy, and capable of mediating temperature, and noise.
The students developed alternative forms that facilitate a dry-stacking system for the blocks and created mock-ups of the selected forms to test the fabrication process. The block’s design must consider modularity, steady stacking without any wet binder, a free-standing non-structural wall, an opportunity to create not only straight 90-degree walls but also continuous curvy ones, and the ability to allow wind to pass through.