The Mothership (aka Mushroom Greenhouse)

The [storefront] Mushroom Farm is taking shape!

Last week, a field team comprised of members from CityLab7, Olson Kundig Architects, and Schuchart/Dow built and erected the mushroom Mothership -- as well as planter boxes and a long dining table for our family-style celebration dinner on March 3.

The Mothership (aka Mushroom Greenhouse)

The Mothership is absolutely beautiful! The ribs of the structure, designed by Olson Kundig, function as shelves that will hold 215 mushroom bags (see On The Farm.) General contractor Schuchart/Dow led the construction of the Mothership, which is made from reclaimed plywood (concrete form boards that would otherwise end up in the landfill.)

The Mothership (aka Mushroom Greenhouse)

Using building information modeling (BIM) software, the design and construction team was able to determine the most efficient configuration for cutting the ribs from the donated materials using the University of Washington's CNC machine.

The Mothership (aka Mushroom Greenhouse)
The Mothership (aka Mushroom Greenhouse)

Once the structure was framed, the crew topped it with a layer of heat-sensitive plastic sheeting donated by Mega Wrap. After the quick application of a torch, the plastic is now taut, creating a cocoon-like structure that will house the mushrooms after they're delivered next week.

The Mothership (aka Mushroom Greenhouse)