Daily Dose: Mushroom House

Add to TwitterTerry Brown’s Mushroom House in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio is a much-celebrated triumph of found object sculpture and organic architecture. Also known as the “Tree House,” this unique structure is created from a variety of materials including wood, colored glass, tiles and shells. The final product looks as though it could blend right in to a wooded area or a fantastical landscape.

Mushroom House by Terry Brown; Image courtesy of agilitynut.com

Brown received his B.Arch from Iowa State University in 1977, his M.Arch from Washington University, St. Louis in 1979 and did a design internship with Aldo Rossi at Peter Eisenman‘s Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Manhattan. It wasn’t until his Fulbright Fellowship with Otto Graf at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art, however, that he settled into his individualized style.

Mushroom House; Image courtesy of agilitynut.com

This style is perhaps best seen in his Mushroom House, a building he lived and worked out of while teaching at the University of Cincinnati. Construction on the Mushroom House began in 1992 and was continued for the next 14-15 years with help from Brown’s students at the University. In recent years, Brown taught Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Mushroom House; Image courtesy of agilitynut.com

Suddenly and tragically, Brown died in a car accident in 2008 at the age of 53 – but his legacy lives on through his many pupils. Architect Leslie Clark, who studied with and later worked for Brown, said,

“Terry believed it was an architect’s responsibility to invent solutions for clients that they didn’t know were possible, to transform their ideas of what a house could be. Somehow, he made it seem simple to embody the movement of music and nature within a built environment.”




If you liked this post, you may also enjoy MTI’s Daily Dose about Eliphante, another found-object home.

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