Winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 25th, 2019. More information about the project can be found here.
Open offices should be both a place for productive communication and for concentrated work. A difficult balancing act, that can only succeed if surfaces are acoustically optimised.
In a joint research and innovation project, Arup, Mogu and Ardex have developed a modular building system for interior design, characterised by excellent room acoustics and consisting of fully renewable raw materials. This is ensured by the novel filling material of the absorbing surfaces: mycelium is cultivated in untreated solid wood frames and under controlled conditions, on a substrate made from agricultural residues. These fungal cultures combine the natural fibres of wood and substrate and, following a a final heat treatment, create a completely new, permanent biocomposite.
All the modular components of the prefabricated building system consist of fast growing and 100% renewable resources that can be reused and composted at the end of their life cycle. The modules, which are adaptable in terms of geometry (and with texture and color depending on customers' request), can be flexibly integrated into wood block systems for interior design. The building system is designed according to the principles of Cradle-to-Cradle and of Circular Economy and has the potential to replace traditional systems made of synthetic materials.