In our pursuit of reducing the building industry's environmental footprint and accelerating the world's transition to sustainable building material, Snøhetta recently initiated a collaboration with Norwegian startup NoMy. Specialized in making new products from a from the root-like structure of fungi, NoMy was approached with a challenge: Can we create a building material that doesn’t just take from nature, but which also gives back to it?
Together, the team developed an innovative solution to improve the acoustics of the interiors at the EY Doberman Sally Lab in Stockholm, Sweden. Using forest fungus and waste products from agriculture, paper production and other sources, NoMy grew a material with soundproofing qualities, which is naturally fire resistant and 100% compostable in nature.
With regards to the functionality, the product is an acoustic element performing to industry standards. However, the texture of the material also makes it an art piece in itself, with an aesthetic that inspires curiosity for the natural world.
At the core of both the collaboration and result, is the notion that all of life is interdependent. Innovation thrives when working together, collectively creating a better future.
Creating the acoustic element from Mycelium demonstrates that it is possible to make the move from sustainable to regenerative also when it comes to building materials. From net zero to net positive in our impact on the world.