Tower To Rise At MoMA PS1, With Self-Assembling Bricks

THE WINNER OF THE 2014 YOUNG ARCHITECTS PROGRAM FEATURES SELF-ASSEMBLING BRICKS MADE OF CORN HUSKS AND A KIND OF MUSHROOM ROOT

Shaunacy Ferro, February , 2014

MoMA PS1 has selected the winner of its annual Young Architects Program, a temporary outdoor installation that will open in late June. Hy-Fi, the winning project from David Benjamin of The Living, features self-assembling bricks made of organic material, and will be nearly carbon neutral in its construction.

Benjamin’s bio-design concept will consist of two kinds of brick: some made out of live organic material, and some reflective bricks. For the organic bricks, chopped up corn husks are recycled to combine with mycelium, a kind of mushroom root material. The mixture is then packed into a mold. The reflective bricks, placed at the top of the tubular structure, bounce light off a daylight mirror film coating onto the organic material below, helping them self-assemble into a brick shape and solidify. The shape of the structure pushes hot air out the top, drawing in cool air below.

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