The complex represents a vertical farming center, which consists of high-rise building (where the growing of cultured plants will be realized), as well as of educational departments (where all the specialists, that make the vertical farming possible, will be trained, making up the generation of the future).
The purpose of project is to create a little “student town” that will live its life like a small organism and will have a minimal impact on the nature. The high-rise building design is based on the trajectory of sun’s relative orbital motion to absorb maximal solar energy.
The high-rise is situated on a lake in order to directly pick up the required water for nourishment of the plants, and to return it after exploitation. The exterior side of the high-rise overlooking the lake is covered with BIPV solar panel glasses, since this half absorbs the largest portion of solar energy.
The accumulated energy will secure the energetic independence of the entire system. The building provides two passenger elevators and a freight elevator, which descends to underground section. In this section the vans, having loaded the harvest, leave the territory of the complex via underground paths and join the existing external street network.
This solution makes it possible to exclude vehicle entry to the territory of the complex, permitting only pedestrians and cyclists. Every floor of student section has an exit to a terrace covered with greenery. These are the terraces used for realization of rainwater accumulation, which after filtration will be used for everyday necessities.
In coastal right-hand and left-hand student departments openings are arranged with the purpose of keeping the coastal region free and not to hinder the free movement of people in that area. Source by Aram Shahoyan, Lusine Baghdasaryan.
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Project Team: Aram Shahoyan, Lusine Baghdasaryan
(Graduates from National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia)
Images: Courtesy of Aram Shahoyan, Lusine Baghdasaryan