My project is called symbiosis and it studies the absence of connection between nature and human, in the highly industrialised area of Digbeth, Birmingham. My project aims to resolve a symbiotic environment between the two. It is a study of biomimicry in Architecture and the use of mycelium as a new organic building material. Looking at mycelium as an organism, studying its growth and behavioural patterns to develop a skin that almost mimics this living organism to resolve a structure, that grows on the neglected viaduct of Digbeth. The final structure is an internal garden, with a composition of smaller inner elements accessible to the visitors, branching to one another mimicking the way mycelium grows. This gives the visitor a new experience and a gateway towards nature and ventures to restore the connection, right in the heart of the industrial city.

My name is Alexandra and I’m a Cypriot/British architecture student.
I have a passion for all things creative beginning with architecture and extending into many other creative projects.

The Parkside Building
5 Cardigan Street
Birmingham B4 7BD UK
+44 (0)121 331 5000