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Hy-Fi

Zero carbon emissions compostable structure

Hy-Fi is a cluster of circular towers over 12 m tall formed using 10,000 bricks that were naturally grown from shredded corn stalks and mushroom mycelium using recent advances in biotechnology combined with cutting-edge computation and engineering.

Commissioned by the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, brick production required no energy and produced no waste or by-products. After three months of cultural events, the structure was disassembled and the bricks decomposed to compost. 

Project Timeline

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A humble brick packed with innovation and architectural potential
 
“Reinventing the brick”
 
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Hy-Fi
 
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
 
Ecology of mushroom-brick stacks up perfectly
 
 
Towering biotechnology: Bronze for a zero-carbon compostable structure
 
Hy-Fi
 
“Researching innovative construction materials and their architectural potential” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 for North America
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Project Details
Location
New York, NY, USA
Authors
David Benjamin
MAIN AUTHOR
David Benjamin
The Living, USA
Danil Nagy
FURTHER AUTHORS
Danil Nagy
The Living, USA
Prizes
Awards
Bronze 2014
North America
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Hy-Fi: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for North America – Project Overview
Hy-Fi: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for North America – Project Overview

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