Brunel University student Aleksi Vesaluoma has developed a technique for using mushroom mycelium as an environmentally friendly construction material.
Vesaluoma worked alongside architecture firm Astudio to create the Grown Structures series using mycelium, the vegetative part of a mushroom fungus.
Vesaluoma, a student at London’s Brunel University, developed a technique where the mycelium material is mixed with cardboard before being moulded into what he calls “mushroom sausages” using a tube-shaped cotton bandage.
The long sausages are then placed over a mould and left to grow over a four-week period inside a ventilated greenhouse.
According to Vesaluoma, the resulting structure is “bound together like glue”, and could provide an environmentally friendly alternative to more commonly used construction methods and materials.