FARMS FOR FEASTS
ARCHITECTURAL INTERVENTION DRIVEN BY PERFORMANCE
LOCATION TAGUIG CITY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES
In response to intensifying issues of climate change and food scarcity, FARMS FOR FEASTS is a net-zero development where emergent technologies in urban agriculture and farming are housed in one location. The development was inspired by the resilience of the farmers – the backbone of the country’s agricultural industry. This development envisions to introduce the future of innovative farming.
Situated in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, FARMS FOR FEASTS is composed of an urban farming structure, an Energy Plaza, and areas for solar energy harvesting. The main structure was defined on the site as a response to climatic, programmatic, and contextual conditions. Called the Farm Pavilion, a two-storey volume enveloped by a bespoke elliptical dome – a curvilinear gesture derived from the silhouette of the farmer. The introduction of a dome structure maximizes daylight harvesting required for the produce inside – organized within a collection of massive A-Frame structures that ensure optimum cultivation of the plants. The lower level contains a multi-purpose venue for farming exhibits and dialogues, as well as the carefully organized storage and production facilities for the Pavilion.
The pavilion was further articulated by an expressive glulam frame structure, with an architectural skin composed of fractal polymer sheets. These elements provide the structural requirements of the pavilion, but also creates its strong visual identity – signaling the future of urban farming.
The Energy Plaza creates an active public space that the public can use. It also creates a fitting entry point to the Farm Pavilion, as it provide a large space for interaction and for the appreciation of the pavilion. Here at the plaza, the public can use electric bikes, charge their mobile devices thru the solar trees scattered around the area, and immerse themselves on the architecture of the pavilion. This aims to give the community an involved awareness on urban farming and how we can actually embed this concept with their lives.
It is to be understood that in the foreseeable future, we can all be urban farmers.