Recycling homes using mushroom mycelium | Architecture | Dezeen

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living series reveals a plan to recycle derelict homes by combining waste materials from demolitions with mushroom mycelium, creating new building materials.

The technique, which is being developed by Cleveland studio Redhouse Architects, is intended as both an answer to the housing crisis and a more sustainable way of building.

Known as “biocycling,” the process involves breaking construction waste down into a pulp and mixing it with mycelium, which is the vegetative part of a fungus.

The mycelium then grows and binds the mixture together, creating a mass that can then be compressed to form a new building material, which can be cut into bricks or used as insulation.

Redhouse Architecture founder Christopher Maurer claims that his studio’s research into mycelium is a response to the housing crisis in Cleveland, where there is an abnormally high number of derelict homes.

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