Symbiosis | Alexandra Ayrton

My project is called symbiosis and it studies the absence of connection between nature and human, in the highly industrialised area of Digbeth, Birmingham. My project aims to resolve a symbiotic environment between the two. It is a study of biomimicry in Architecture and the use of mycelium as a new organic building material. Looking at mycelium as an organism, studying its growth and behavioural patterns to develop a skin that almost mimics this living organism to resolve a structure, that grows on the neglected viaduct of Digbeth. The final structure is an internal garden, with a composition of smaller inner elements accessible to the visitors, branching to one another mimicking the way mycelium grows. This gives the visitor a new experience and a gateway towards nature and ventures to restore the connection, right in the heart of the industrial city.