Providing healthy, nutritious food for all, regardless of income, is the defined goal of this design. An edible ecosystem is presented to explore alternatives to conventional agriculture, sequester carbon, enhance biodiversity and yield a hundred varieties of foods. The vertical food forest represents a comprehensive commitment to sustainability, education, and local economic participation.
This project aims to restore an ecosystem in the urban environment of Puerto Madero by implementing
The food we eat can either be the best, safest and most powerful medicine, or the slowest form of poison.
― Ann Wigmore
A market hall on the ground floor of the silos in the area of Puerto Madero, where the ethically produced food is processed, cooked, served, and sold is the main programmatic interface, bringing together all actors, producers and consumers.
Further, the building houses educational spaces where workshops, seminars and lectures are offered to promote self-growing to the interested public. The program is enriched with a didactic garden within the floating park, which is open to the public, and a 500 square meter food lab.
On the top floors of the silos, the areas for bio-intensive cultivation are located. The dynamic space design of the greenhouses allows for maximum utilisation of glass house. The containers are irrigated via aquaponics. Natural ventilation counteracts overheating.
The open design competition launched by TerraViva Competitions aimed at rehabilitating the Silos de la Junta General de Granos in Buenos Aires. The main focus of the competition was to conceive a new program that can effectively revalue the space and public image of this colossal artifact.
The jury found the project to be "very original, well explained and graphically outstanding."