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The Farm

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GREENHOUSE

AN AGROCENTRIC COMMUNITY

 

BUILDING COMMUNITIES

BRIEF

An agro-centric sustainable community that integrates housing units and agricultural harvest within an artificially climate controlled dome. It is primarily aimed at refugee farmers and millennials moving from warmer climates and looking to find cheaper housing solutions within the Accord community. The community acts as a sustainable coop system where residents can harvest, export and consume their own produce.

 
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RESEARCH

Inspiration was an important component of the project, and I studied various precedents that gave me inspiration such as Bjarke Ingel’s Google Headquarters and the way a greenhouse works. This lead to interesting discoveries regarding materiality and functional capabilities.

 
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INTEGRATION

LAYOUT

The exterior of the dome consists of a secondary grid that follows a separate radial formation, weaving into the main agricultural center. In this manner living units are seamlessly integrated with the harvesting process to ensure a smooth transition of entry.

The dome is structurally arranged to maximize sun exposure to ensure maximum heat gain for the crops throughout the year. It is tilted at an angle placing housing units on the north side of the dome allowing for more heat gain on the south side.

 
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MERGING PROGRAMS

The core of the circular agricultural dome consists of a farm to table restaurant for residents and visitors alike, accessible through a stair system from the ground

 
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The stair offers a 360-degree view of the agricultural garden and the surrounding land.

 
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The interior of the dome follows a rigid circular formation permitting the rotation of the irrigation system suspended from the central structural member.

 
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FORMATION

The dome is structurally arranged to maximize sun exposure to ensure maximum heat gain for the crops throughout the year. It is tilted at an angle placing housing units on the north side of the dome allowing for more heat gain on the south side. The interior of the dome follows a rigid circular formation permitting the rotation of the irrigation system suspended from the central structural member.

 
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MATERIALITY

The dome consists of clear ETFE panels fitted with photovoltaic cells that account for the energy required to maintain the temperature of the ground and control the climate of the dome. Furthermore, ground source heating is also maximized through geothermal energy and is stored for the winter months. This allows for crop production to be a stable form of income generation for the community.

 
 
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ARRANGEMENT

The exterior of the dome consists of a secondary grid that follows a separate radial formation, weaving into the main agricultural center. In this manner living units are seamlessly integrated with the harvesting process to ensure a smooth transition of entry.

 
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The units are designed around a modular formation creating a more flexible aspect to their arrangement. Each module acts as a different program, such as living room, workroom, bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms, which can be detached and connected based on the users requirements. A circulation path surrounds the units, allowing for accessibility within them, and a screen system reminiscent of Japanese screens allowing for privacy and flexibility within the units.

 

 
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