Bob Hendrikx

Explore Lab

World’s first living architecture


To prevent the earth from heating up further and being exploited even more, the current way we build must change fundamentally. In contrast to humankind’s 200.000 years of parasitism, Mother Nature has been leading the way for 3.8 billion years by growing architecture. What if we could actually grow our next generation of buildings? While most researchers have had their eyes on the plants and organisms above ground, recent discoveries show that earth's most crucial creatures live underneath us. My project is an exploration towards living architecture, in which humanity will inhabit mycelium-based pods. By nurturing this architecture, inhabitants can extend their stay and truly become part of nature’s closed loop system. Hereby, an opportunity arises for humankind to break through its fixed ideas and introduce a new mutualistic relationship between humanity and its environment. Imagine a building that grows, breathes and heals itself. I present: ​Interlink –​ the world's first living architecture.

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