Yi Wang

Planned obsolescence is a project that calls for a holistic approach to carbon emissions that considers a building’s entire life span. A fixed 10-year life span is a time factor that is included in the design process, determined by the choice of materials and construction techniques that promote a faster ecological cycle. Therefore, the demolish stage of the building becomes the key deviation of the other 5 stages. which is the raw material extraction, manufacturing, construction, operation and maintenance. The goal of the project is to achieve climate-neutral by using natural building materials, such as CLT, bamboo, cork and long straw. The building system also integrates mycelium, a self-growing fungi material as a living organism, into the design and production process which would reduce resource consumption.

The program of the office is defined as a workspace that is sharable, flexible and changeable in individual volumes and as a whole. Mutable mycelium panels are attached to the ceiling structure to divide the space if needed. Due to the nature of the short life cycle of the mycelium material, maintenance structures such as bamboo scaffoldings are designed as one of the key features around the envelope of the building. Thus, the building becomes an appreciation of the coexistence of labour activities by combining the action of two different types of work, office work and physical work.