The most fascinating thing about The Living’s Hy-Fi tower is the fact that it was made using a relatively new paradigm in construction based on biological technologies. Rather than mixing concrete or manufacturing bricks, the materials that make up the Hy-Fi pavilion are 100% organic, and are created by adding mycelium (a mushroom root material) to low-value corn crop waste collected from farmers. The mixture is then poured into brick-shaped molds and then self-assembles over the course of a few days.
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The resulting bio-bricks are made using almost no energy or carbon emissions, and can be composted at the end of their life cycle. On the day we visited MoMA PS1, workers were in the process of stacking the bricks atop one another to form the tower, which will provide shelter and shade for those visiting the museum courtyard during its summer Warm-Up concert series.
Photos ©Yuka Yoneda