Master´s Thesis 2021 Material Turn

Aran Mardoukhi & Aswini Balashanmugam

Habitable Space

The C-hive project of Team Sweden for Solar Decathlon Europe competition 2021 forms the base to propagate the design system. The context of the house prototype is used to construct the monolithic mycelium composite wall to spatially orient the habitable spaces for humans and the bees considering their respective qualities for creating a comfortable habitat. The L shaped corner with window along the dining area is chosen to idealize the wall to enhance the opening that connects the interior and the exterior. Though the system focusses on the wall design, the elements of floor and roof are conceptualized to expand the possibility of application of mycelium composite to other building components explaining the versatility of the material in architectural applications.