K-Farm / Avoid obvious architects
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Text description provided by the architects. K-farm challenges urban agriculture in extreme conditions and makes agriculture a STEM education for all. Due to the coastal conditions along Victoria Harbor, we have combined three types of agriculture to suit our specific site and climate: hydroponics to provide 365 agricultures in all conditions, aquaponics to study the way fish and plants coexist, organic cultivation with different heights and species to serve as inclusive agriculture and maintain the community ecosystem.
The data we have collected for growing in extreme weather conditions will be shared with the community. Not everything we do will be successful, but the experience will serve as a model for more urban farms to expand in Hong Kong and Asia.
Our master plan was inspired by the community when we first contacted local leaders in 2018. The circular geometries represent the unity, plants and elements of the pier. This iconic design will give people a better understanding of what the Central and Western Quarter is all about. The farming facilities are connected to the Belcher Bay area and a reflective pool, lawns, three rain shelters, and an event space are open 24/7. Even though people aren’t big fans of farming, they will always find something they like in K-farm.
In addition to public facilities, the farm will also have activities for the benefit of the community. This includes classes during the day and after work, organic food and drink from our green kitchen, a farmers market and all kinds of community events. We believe K-farm will create memories for all families. Most importantly, the design wants to guide children to look to the future. A career in agriculture can be serious, smart and professional. Children can admire the farmers again!