THE MYCOLOGY INSTITUTE
by Gemma Mohajer
The Mycology Institute re-purposes existing buildings at Wormwood Scrubs Prison. Former cells provide ideal conditions for growing mushrooms, used to make sustainable products. The project extends one of the cell blocks creating a mycelium product factory. It forms a route to the scrubs and a public square created by demolishing the prison wall. The building is constructed using sustainable products including rope elements, developed from chance operations. These are used as part of the roof structure, and as a screen that shades the building and takes rainwater off the roof. Columns and floors reuse the 916,000 prison wall bricks.