The Mussel Club is a prototype for a freshwater mussel farm that uses harvested rain water and mineral rich basalt rock to feed and grow mussels. This base function is interwoven into the fabric of the building, enabling its secondary programmes – a place for visitors to come dine and enjoy the harvest, but also a living space for the two founders of the project.
The Mussel Club creates an environment where humans and mussels thrive in harmony. The need for water is at the core of the design, and it guided design decisions made on the roof and living pod. The roof intervention collects rainwater through a simple system whereby the water accumulates in the recycled polythene and drains down the metal chains into the mussel pool below. These chains also provide a seemingly favourite spot for the mussels.
Ultimately, all of these functions and material aspects culminate into a space packed with dynamic views and sensory experiences. It is not only shadows, textures and reflections interacting to create ever-changing daily spectacles. But more importantly, a living and breathing environment harmoniously accommodating both the daily hustle of its human inhabitants and the steady sustainable growth of the mussels within it.
Nominated for the Chalk Architecture award, the Studio B.A.D + Chora Award, the Experimental Design Practices award and the Interior Educators award for Craft and Making.
The materials used in the design are centred around creating habitable conditions for the mussels. They need a lot of minerals to survive, and the basalt rock is able to provide them all. The need for this material in turn inspired the development of the rock ash tiles that envelop the living pods.
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