Architect demonstrates the beauty and practicality of an organic, compostable structure.
Chosen by MoMA and MoMA PS1, David Benjamin’s design firm The Living is the winner of this year’s Young Architects Program, a competition that calls for a temporary outdoor installation in the courtyard space.
The winning proposal, entitled Hy-Fi, is for an organic structure that will be built with 100% biodegradable blocks. Well-versed in the biomimetic approach to architecture, Benjamin combined biological technologies with cutting-edge computation and engineering skills to produce a set of bricks that comes from the earth and generates no waste or carbon emissions. The organic bricks were developed in conjunction with bio-material specialist Ecovative, and are to be used for the lower portions of the structure.
For the upper extremities, hollow reflective bricks produced through the custom-forming of a new daylight mirror film, invented by 3M, will be stacked to create a gravity-defying effect, especially with light bounced down on the towers and the ground.
Pedro Gadanho, MoMA Architecture & Design curator, shared that Hy-Fi “is the first sizable structure to claim near-zero carbon emissions in its construction process and, beyond recycling, it presents itself as being 100% compostable.”
Because of its bottom heavy design, the structure can serve as a natural cooling tower on warm summer days, drawing in cool air at the bottom and pushing out hot air at the top.
You can see the proposal’s accompanying video below.
Image: The Living