The Mycelium House is a series of design workshops exploring the possibility of using mycelium, the thread-like structures (hyphae) in fungi, as a residential building material in combination with other zero-carbon fibers and substrates to build a tiny, tent-like shelter. Each workshop will tap into the discoveries made in the AIANY Custom Residential Architecture Network’s Mycelium Project (2021/2022), which resulted in the development of Corōlla, a shading structure designed for the conservatory-like glass-roofed space of the Sculpture Gallery at the Glass House. The original Mycelium Project workshops led to the development of mycelium sheets: pliable, thin, shell forms that, when hardened, offer the structural stability of concrete. These mycelium sheets will serve as the foundation for the development of Mycelium House.

Participants will act as members of a typical residential architecture project team composed of architects, engineers, (myco)builders, and specialized consultants. They will debate the architecture and engineering of the Mycelium House and explore design options through structural, computational, and physical material studies and fabrication in a mock-studio setting. Guests speakers will consist of green building scientists and material innovators, who will offer their insights as the design of the Mycelium House progresses.

This program will provide the audience with tools to partake in a tthree-part workshop on November 3, February 8 and April 12, where participants will explore the 5 week progression of the Mycelium House. Each session can be taken independently of one another.