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Agro-Housing / Knafo Klimor Architects

Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects
Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects

Proposed by Knafo Klimor ArchitectsAgro-Housing was the winning project in Living Steel – Competition for Sustainable Housing (2007) for China.  Part housing, part greenhouse, the proposal provides agricultural freedom to city dwellers.  A combination of rural and urban amenities, the proposal is an exciting take on individual urban farming. For a closer look at this innovative way of thinking about a sustainable urbanity, join us after the break.

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On a small scale the housing with greenhouse typology created by Knafo Klimor Architects gives its residents freedom to grow their own food to their tastes, manage their homes without having to rely on farmers miles away, and can potentially become a source of income. The multi-storey greenhouses provide each residential unit with ten square meters of greenhouse space.  These are soil-less systems that are equipped with drip irrigation, based on recycled “gray water” collected from apartments and rainwater collected from the rooftop.  The produce can be organic and is also likelier to be healthier, fresher, free of chemicals and mass-produced fertilizers and diseases.

Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects
Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects

On a larger scale, this type of building model cuts costs of transporting produce, building infrastructure for additional roadways to accommodate trucking and create a healthier urban environment where rural notions of land and nature are embedded into the architecture.  In addition to its greenhouses, the building includes solar heating and cooling as well as a geothermal system for regulating temperatures using the underground water table.

Elevation; Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects
Elevation; Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects

The architects also anticipate a cultural shift.  Now the city dweller, also a farmer, has responsibilities closer to home which may produce closer family ties and closer community ties within the building.  The program also includes a sky club for social gatherings and a kindergarten.  The building has a minimal footprint to free as much ground space as possible for farming and water collection.  Paving is minimal, but where it is used it is made up of recycled materials.

Plan; Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects
Plan; Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects

Like Bright Farms, a company based in the US that develops urban rooftops and provides communities with fresh produce, Agro-Housing pushes back against the corporization of food and provides residents with control over what they consume.  The project is planned for construction inWuhan, China.  It is expected to become the prototype module for a future neighborhood totaling some 10,000 residential units.  We are looking forward to it!

Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects
Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects

Architects: Knafo Klimor Architects Location: Wuhan, China Winning entry: Living Steel Website Program: 150 apartments, multi stories  green house, tenants club & kindergarten Client: Living Steel Area: 10,000 sqm Status: completion 2015 Design Architects: Tagit Klimor, David Knafo Project Architect: Oded Kidron Project team: Uri Halel, Efrat Tennebaum , Arie Hayun, Yossi Shitrit, Omer Goldstien, Matan Poran. Green house & irrigation technology consultants: Chief agronomist Asia & Pacific: Dubi Raz China branch: Sagi Shlomi, director PhD Tian Dunhua, Brain Li, China agronomist Netafim Ltd. Structural Engineers: Eng. Itzhak Rokach Rokach-Ashkenazi – Engineer, Consultant Ltd   Energy, Ventilation & Air Conditioning: Eng. Shafi Aharoni Assa Aharoni Consulting Engineering Ltd

Section; Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects
Section; Courtesy of Knafo Klimor Architects

Cite:Irina Vinnitskaya. "Agro-Housing / Knafo Klimor Architects" 28 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/228981/agro-housing-knafo-klimor-architects/>