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Urban Mushroom Farm Pops Up in Olson Kundig Architects’ Seattle Storefront

Posted By Helen Morgan On February 24, 2012 @ 3:51 pm In Recycled Materials,Recycling / Compost,Sustainable Materials,Urban farming | No Comments

Olson Kundig Architects, citylab7, mushroom farm storefront, urban farming, community project, community farm, city agricultural production, mushroom harvesting [1]

Each month Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects [2]’ studio gets a makeover and the latest installation to be unveiled is a tented experimental mushroom farm [3]! Design team CityLab7 [4] collaborated with the architects to create an educational and interactive space that displays 215 oyster mushroom growbags, giving an example of how small-scale urban farming really works. As an homage to a city renowned for its coffee culture, visitors to the space will also see how coffee grounds donated from local cafes can be recycled into compost, [5]becoming an essential component of city agriculture [6].


Olson Kundig Architects, citylab7, mushroom farm storefront, urban farming, community project, community farm, city agricultural production, mushroom harvesting [7]

The dome-like tent farm [8] resembles a boat hull or a paper lantern, and is built from repurposed plywood and plastic to make a sustainable growing site. Inviting visitors into the area, workshops and lectures will take place around a salvaged wooden table, with the aim of creating a welcoming communal space.

This brilliant community project will run through March 9th, during which the teams hope to produce an amazing 200 pounds of mushrooms [9]. The crop will then be donated to food programs for local residents.

+ Olson Kundig Architects [2]

+ CityLab7 [4]

Images © Kevin Scott


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/harvest-mushrooms-in-olsen-kundig-and-citylab7s-temporary-urban-farm-storefront/store_06_mushroom_farm-citylab7/

[2] Olson Kundig Architects: http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com

[3] experimental mushroom farm: http://www.citylab7.com/pages/fertile-grounds

[4] CityLab7: http://www.citylab7.com

[5] compost, : http://inhabitat.com/tag/composting/

[6] city agriculture: http://inhabitat.com/tag/urban-farming/

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/harvest-mushrooms-in-olsen-kundig-and-citylab7s-temporary-urban-farm-storefront/store_06_mushroom_farm-citylab7-2/

[8] farm: http://inhabitat.com/verticrop-processes-10000-plants-every-3-days-using-vertical-hydroponic-farming/

[9] mushrooms: http://inhabitat.com/bio-artist-jae-rhim-lee-invents-flesh-eating-mushroom-death-suit/

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