Location: New York, USA
Architets: OVA Studio
Architects Directors: Slimane Ouahès, Christophe Barthelemy
Architect Assistants: Alice NG , Stephanie Mendoza
Hive-Inn™ City Farm is a modular farming structure where containers are designed and used as farming modules and acts as an ecosystem where each unit plays a role in producing food, harvesting energy and recycling waste and water. The idea of this ecosystem is to bring farming down-town and grow fresh produces near their urban consumers.
Containers can be owned or rented by major organic brands, local restaurants or even serve as private local gardens/ kitchen gardens. They can also serve educational purposes for the neighbouring schools. The Hive-Inn™ structure shows here another aspect of its possible uses (see Hive-Inn™ Hotel) and demonstrate its versatility as we chose New York City as an iconic landing site for the first Hive-Inn™ City Farm.
We are at present looking for partners worldwide to invest and/or develop the first prototype with us. Our contemporary cities are expanding at an exponential rate, with forecasts of over 70% of the world population living in cities by 2025. And in the process more concrete is poured, the urban landscape becoming and built concrete and asphalt jungle.
We theorise that this urban population will eventually thrive to reconnect with nature and we propose that Hive-Inn.™ City Farm act as catalyzer of this demand, some form of “seed” that will disperse itself in the urban landscape and slowly transform it to a “better” environment.
Various forms of cultivation are proposed, such as traditional open air (conservatories) for the containers on the periphery of the structure to high-tech and organic hydroponic cultures under artificial lights (LED’s and controlled environment) for those containers were natural light is not available. In addition small live-stock, fish farming and bee hives are envisaged, which beyond providing food are also extremely good “attractors” for urban kids.
Mecanics. Movability: In keeping with the spirit of Hive-Inn™ Hotel the structure is seen as an assemblage of movable parts (the containers), we envisage that: Containers with different functions can be slotted in, such as hospitality (Hive-Inn™ Hotel) or residential, to increase profitability and/or exposure.
The interchangeability of the components of this structure will provide exiting new combinations for city dwellers. We envisage Hive-Inn™ City Farm to be a sustainable structure. The principles will be as follows: Rain water harvesting to provide watering water for plants and fish tanks. All rain water is gravity fed through collection tanks (3 levels of plant rooms). Recycling of the “used water” from fish tanks to water plants (used as an organic fertilizer).
Recycling of the WC grey water through reed beds and polishing plants for flushing water. Recycling of human waste and animal waste through a multrum to produce compost (to be re-used in the structure) and methane plant to produce gaz and ultimately electricity. Organise a waste paper collection and using organic waste (reed beds) to feed the methane plant.
Provision of photovoltaic arrays to produce electricity. (See magnesium chloride based cells, Provision of low wind turbines to produce electricity (and water, if using EoleWater technology. Containers can be rented out to individuals of companies whether for farming or other uses, which are possible streams of income.
We are just beginning to grasp the incredibly diversified operational and occupational scenarios that Hive, Inn™ has to offer. These scenarios are open to community based decisions outside the control of large corporations, a citizen structure that has as many possibilities as there are unique individuals. Source by OVA Studio.
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