Instead of concrete or wood, the Buru Buru living amphitheater in Lake Forest, Illinois is made from straw-filled tubes that sprout mushrooms. Designers at the New York and Mexico-based design firm Bittertang built the structure as a multifunctional venue with a casing that grow plants, vines and mushrooms when it biodegrades.
Buru Buru is one of Bittertang’s most spatial designs but it continues the thread of using alternative materials and building multi-functional performance spaces. (For example, their Burble Bup eco-friendly pavilion on Governor’s Island in New York has a roof made from iridescent inflatable tubes and a landscaped base of soil-filled fabric.)
The amphitheater is built from straw-filled tubes encased in biodegradable materials such as jute and nylon. The meandering straw wattles are tightly stacked and attached to a radial framework of trusses. The structure, which looks like a hillside shelter that blends effortlessly with its surroundings, will act as a temporary performance space lit with LED lights.