The Growing Pavilion is an iconic ode to biobased materials. The award winning pavilion is unique in the large number of biobased materials used together to create a building and shows how it shows the possibilities and the new aesthetic of biobased materials.
The 10 ton CO2 negative and 95% circular structure is made up of five grown core raw materials: wood, mycelium, residual flows from the agricultural sector, bulrush (cattail) and cotton. Showcasing each material as raw as possible, the pavilion has a very distinctive visual identity, organic texture and color. It stands as a necessary and viable solution for reducing the use of fossil resources and its destructive impact on climate change. Sparking imagination to trigger a turnaround in thinking, acting and building biobased.
Inside the pavilion offers visitors a storytelling experience, taking them on a biobased journey of what is already possible but also what the near future will bring. But also sharing the big questions and unknowns we need to solve together. The Growing Pavilion is a catalyst, starting, sharing and driving the conversation about biobased building that is essential to achieve the desired change in our thinking and doing.
Want to know more about the materials used in the pavilion? In our “Materials Atlas”, we listed all the materials with full background stories. We also included the various pioneers and experts on these materials. The Materials Atlas explores how far we can currently go in our ambition to build fully biobased creations and the challenges design and construction sectors experience in taking the next steps.
Dutch Design Week 2019
The Growing Pavilion stood proudly in the beating heart of DDW 2019. In ten days more than 75,000 people – industry professionals, governmental figures and organizations but also many “consumers” and regular DDWvisitors – visited the pavilion. Our storytellers gave tours and brought the pavilion to life. Inside the pavilion visitors could also walk through an exhibition that we set up with biobased designers, watch videos and consult the materials atlas. Every day started with a concert, a Growing Music Piece that developed over 10 days. And in order to reinforce the story of The Growing Pavilion, we organized daily harvesting of edible oyster mushrooms that grew from mycelium.
After a striking introduction at Dutch Design Week, the pavilion was rebuilt at Floriade Expo 2022. Here, together with a number of other pavilions from the Netherlands and other countries, it forms an example of ‘Growing Green Cities’, solutions that are needed to make cities greener, healthier and to make it more fun. The Growing Pavilion is part of Mycelium Parc.
After Floriade Expo 2022 we want to rebuild The Growing Pavilion in other locations with various enthusiastic companies and organizations, so we continue to inspire even more people towards biobased building and towards a circular economy. If you are interested