La Succulente

Myco-Temple

by Côme Di Meglio

Conceived by French artist Côme Di Meglio, Myco-Temple is an immersive architecture patiently woven by the roots of a living organism, mycelium. The domelike structure, reminiscent of ancestral habitats, is conceived to foster an increased sensibility to the environment, an augmented state of presence and to welcome collective experiences.

Invisible to our eyes, the mycelium plays an essential role in nature. The roots of the mushrooms feed on dead material and turns it into fertile soils. By symbiosis, it connects the trees in a vast network of mutual aid and allow plants to exchange information, weaving a vast underground system that serves multiple species.

The artist works with a Japanese mushroom, Reike, to grow the architectural space. The thick walls of the structure isolates from outside sounds and the inside envelops the visitors into unexpected colors and textures, some rough like minerals, others soft as skin. The undergrowth smell from mycelium recalls earthy sensation from the forest. This living organism that has become architecture, stimulates our senses and fosters connections to one-self and to others, recalling caves and sacred architecture where notion of community was born.

Myco-Temple
is intended to host performances, concerts, dinners and eventually to return to the Earth, serving as a fertiliser for the soil; its disappearance being integral to the artistic gesture.

A first prototype has been developped with the support of Château de Servières, Arts Ephémères, and la Mairie de Plan-de-Cuques and is visible at the artist’ studio. If you are interested in exhibiting the prototype or discussing the production of a first edition of MycoTemple, please get in touch with us.

France
2021

Mycelium de Ganoderma Lucidum, wood waste
600 x 600 x 300cm

For information about exhibiting Myco-Temple or future applications of the process, please contact us.