Winner: Avoid Obvious Architects
Awards: Honor Award For Urban Design and Sustainability Award
K-farm challenges urban farming under extreme conditions and turns farming into natural education that people can enjoy. Because of this coastal condition along Victoria Harbour, we have innovated three types of farming to suit this specific climate –
1. Hydroponics to provide weatherproof farming for in all conditions,
2. Aquaponics to study how fish and plants can coexist,
3. Organic with various height and species to serve as inclusive farming.
The coastal climate will give data to study for farming under extreme weather. Not everything we will do will be a success, but the experiment will serve as a template for more urban farm to roll out across Hong Kong and Asia.
Our masterplan was inspired by the community when we first reached out to community leaders in 2018. The circular geometries stand for unity, plants, and pier elements. This iconic design will give you more understanding of what Central and Western district is about. The farming facilities are connected to Belcher Bay Area and reflective pool, lawns, three rain shelters, and event space are open 24/7. Even if people are not a fan of farming, they will still find something they love in K-farm.
The farm is designed to be inclusive without barrier. The vertical greenwall, vertical farming racks, farming tables, and hydroponics allow people with special needs to access farming without bending down. The use of lighting allows us to eliminate barrier while giving people a safety signal along the edges. The use of organic farm also helps the ecosystem of the whole area. It turned out that all the adjacent parks use pesticide for their plants. Our farm has suddenly become an attraction of birds and inserts. We are increasing the biodiversity along the waterfront.