Mycelium Debuts at Glastonbury
An installation at this year’s Glastonbury festival explored mycelium (the root system of mushrooms) as a building material for more sustainable stage design, replacing fossil-based counterparts like polystyrene foam, which the events industry is currently over-reliant on.
The Hayes Pavilion (located in the Silver Hayes field) was designed as a show space, meeting place and intriguing immersive experience for visitors. Consisting of a timber frame, it featured mycelium cladding from UK biomanufacturer Biohm and Dutch biotech company Grown Bio, finished in a colourful, agar-based bioplastic coating.
Thanks to mycelium’s environmental benefits – it’s biodegradable and compostable, can be produced with minimal energy and resources, and is cultivated with waste feedstocks – the pavilion boasted low-impact credentials and could be easily recycled after use. The use of reclaimed materials, including wood salvaged from a storm-felled tree and end-of-life tents for its canopy roof, also helped keep its carbon footprint as low as possible.