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Bēhance

Urban Farm

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  • This project integrates an extensive farming system into an urban program on a plot of land in Bachoura; a bustling district in the heart of Beirut.
    Formal research involved using an analogue algorithmic process.  Physical models were manipulated in a series of iterations, such as folding, cutting, bending, twisting, etc. That methodology was then translated into an architectural gesture.
    The structure utilizes coffered concrete slabs, which are inverted so that the sunken coffers can be used as planting containers. Most surfaces are tilted to facilitate irrigation and drainage, and also serve as ramps to allow access to the multiple levels of the farm. Vertical walls are minimized to allow for maximum surface utilization, as well as optimal exposure to sunlight and wind. The structure houses exterior as well as interior farming spaces, in addition to a restaurant, farmers market, and culinary classrooms.
  • Model experimentation. Multiple iterations of creasing and folding lend rigidity to the structure.
  • Model super-imposed on site. Two programmatic functions happen simultaneously: farming operations on the upper levels, and public facilities on the street levels.
  • Roof plan (left) and ground floor plan (right).