RIBA North and Liverpool Biennial have commissioned Mae-ling Lokko to develop a project using Grow-It-Yourself workshops to produce an architectural structure from agrowaste-fed mycelium (mushrooms).
The structure which shifts along its length from "Root to Rhizome" – from mass produced biomaterial to locally produced biobricks - will be grown, nurtured and installed by students, school children and community groups from Liverpool. The mushroom grow chambers will be in our City Gallery from the end of June where visitors will be able to see the modules growing. The fully-grown material will be dried forming solid modular biobricks which will form the facade structure of "ack the Root" at RIBA North.
Visitors can walk within and around this structure and explore an exhibition in Gallery One which documents the whole process, its significance in terms of sustainable construction and future manufacturing and monitors the invisible performance of the structure.