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Pop-Up Gallery Farm Sprouts Mushrooms From Local Coffee Grounds [Pics]

Seattle studio Olson Kundig Architects creates rotating installations in a retail storefront.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on February 28, 2012.

Olson Kundig Architects rotate exploratory installations at [storefronts] in Seattle. The latest in the series is ‘Mushroom Farm,’ which repurposes coffee grounds from nearby cafes to create a nutrient-rich compost for growing oyster mushrooms.

Mushroom Farm is a collaboration with CityLab7, a Seattle-based group that explores issues related to climate change around the subject of food. The retail space is divided in two, with the front half housing a mushroom-growing tent and the back half featuring a 20-foot table for gatherings, lectures and lunches. The cocoon-like tent structure is made from reclaimed plywood wrapped in heat-sensitive plastic sheeting and holds 215 mushroom growing bags. Visitors can walk through the tent and view the urban farming taking place until March 23rd. Click through to see photos of the Mushroom Farm:

Olson Kundig Architects

Photos by Kevin Scott

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