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Environmental Design - Interior Design Specialization

Rachel Morris

3 - Interior Perspective

Environmental Design
Revit, Photoshop
Through its mycelium-based construction process, the interior of the suburban home is transformed into an organic space that is soft to the touch and celebrates the imperfections of nature. As natural light floods the space through the Habitat/Aperture (See Design Vignette: Habitat/Aperture), the undulating form of the mycelium walls are accented. The Habitat/Hearth (See Design Vignette: Habitat/Hearth) is central to the kitchen and replaces the typical kitchen island. The open storage in the kitchen helps add rigidity to its structure while enabling a space for the dweller to celebrate their belongings. To shift away from the mentality of hiding their belongings, the dweller will be more conscientious when purchasing new things and reinforce the buy-what-you-need mindset that the Habitat/Home system encourages. Habitat/Home will recommend materials to use in your home, that pair well with the existing typical finishes. In the Canadian context, oak woods are typically used in the home for flooring and some structural support, while pine is a fast-growing lumber used in wall framing. The exterior of the homes are usualy warm brick tones. Mycelium, naturally white in colour, can be left as-is or painted with a biodegradable paint such as milk or clay paints for colour. Bio-leather, made from mycelium, is a cruelty-free and bio-degradable leather alternative that can be used to upholster cushions or chairs. By suggesting material finishes, the dweller still has the freedom to creatively express themselves through their interior, but sustainable choices are made convenient and accessible.

“Inspired by wabi-sabi and hand-sculpted cob interiors, Habitat/Home turns a suburban house into a soft, airy, organic space. ”

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Habitat/Home: Perspective View
Habitat/Home: Perspective View
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Rachel Morris

Environmental Design: Interior Design Specialization

“Designing spaces that form symbiotic relationships between dweller and dwelling”