The project is to design a place for well-being in Barnsley. Considering Barnsley’s social problems of the unemployment rate, obesity record, and traditional industry decline, urban farming was chosen as an interpretation of this topic. Including vertical farms, a restaurant, a workshop, a communal space, and a market, the building performs as a community complex providing fresh food and promoting healthy lifestyle.
Located in South Yorkshire, England, Barnsley has a great and proud history of coal mining and related industries, but now it is known for its run-down town centre and low employment. The council recently planned to redevelop the now vacant town centre.
The programme is composed of three main elements of producing, consuming and decomposing, which completes a food chain within this scheme. Using a mixed symbiotic system with Hydroponics, Fungiculture, and Aquaponics, the building is proposed to achieve an ecological balance by itself.