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Mycoscape is a construction system designed to promote the integration of nature in cities and allow the use of all the environmental services that it can provide, such as climate control, the production of oxygen, food or materials.

The project uses digital technologies (such as computation design and digital fabrication) to design the urban space so that it may passively control the parameters that affect plant growth (temperature, humidity, solar radiation).

By implementing Mycoscape in buildings, facades combining the production of food (mushrooms) and construction materials (facade panels made of mycelium) can be built, simultaneously improving microclimates and also contributing to the production of oxygen.

The project opens the possibility to new systems of hybrid and collaborative economy. For instance, citizens can gather in associations to cultivate (producing food and objects with materials derived from nature), while new start-ups develop the brand of their products and take care of marketing.

Mycoscape makes it possible to imagine the city of the future, where buildings are transformed into systems for living, producing, and restoring the environment through optimised design to integrate nature.

Mycoscape has been developed at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia within the framework of the Creative Food Cycles project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.


Barcelona, Spain


Creative Food Cycles
Creative Europe Programme
of The European Union
1,62 x 2,41m façade module prototype
1 000 € façade module prototype
Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña
Federica Ciccone


Chiara Farinea Mohamad El Atab Federica Ciccone Sotiria Sarri