'The Material Man' on Hochparterre
Dirk Hebel researches on building with water, mycelium and bamboo since he was the project manager for the Cloud Building 'BLUR' at EXPO`02 in Switzerland. “I want to grow a house from mushrooms”, he says.
Architect Dirk Hebel researches how to build with water, mycelium and bamboo since he was the project manager for the Cloud Building “BLUR” at EXPO`02 in Switzerland. “I want to grow a house from mushrooms”, says Dirk Hebel as naturally as if he was speaking about a conventional brick.
The ETH professor stands in the midst of his wunderkammer in the cooled laboratory of HIT at ETH Hönggerberg in Zürich. In these rooms Hebel stores the same materials that are also shown at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice this year curated in the series “Time Space Existence”: Ground construction debris that is held together by bio-cementation. Chairs, pressed from recycled paper. Concrete that ‘heals’ cracks thanks to enclosed dormant bacteria. Hebel takes this years architecture biennale’s theme “Reporting from the front” literally: He reports from the front of tomorrow.
Herzog, Andres (2016). Der Materialmann, Hochparterre 10/16 (Dirk Hebel: von der Expo-Wolke zum Pilzstein): 12–15.