Category: Exhibition Design + Interior Design
Title: Myamo, a fungus-based acoustic absorber
Name/s: Katharina Querbach
Medium, object: Acoustic module
University/s: TH Cologne
Supervision: Prof. Philipp Heidkamp, Prof. Katrin Müller-Russo
Acoustic modules made from mushrooms? Absorbent, insulating and completely compostable: A genuine alternative to optimising the acoustics of the space efficiently and sustainably. »Myamo« is a modular acoustic panel made of mycelium material, a composite material composed of agricultural by-products and the root network of a fungus. Inspired by the cell structures of nature, the modular design was generated in a CAD-program and the growth forms were subsequently cut using a CNC-machine.
The next level in sustainability is no longer simply using material that can regrow, but rather to allow the product to grow directly out of it. Katherina Querbach has successfully made an in-depth examination of ecological and future-oriented material with »Myamo«. Just as carefully as she researches mushroom mycelium, the student devotes herself to developing an acoustically effective product from which she creates a rapidly renewable acoustic absorber – with real application opportunities for interior design.