Rhys Bennett

Cultivation and Civilization – Re-connecting the city to it’s food source

The integral relationship between architecture and agriculture continues to dilute.  Within this development, by using local produce and open spaces, the aim was to re-introduce agriculture into even the most urban of environments. By connecting people with the food they eat and educating them on the methods used to produce it, we can hopefully look to reinstate the once intimate relationship between agriculture and architecture. 

Perspective Interior Render

Essentially the design looks to create two very different atmospheres; one of natural growth (street level), and one of artificial production (submerged layer).  By contrasting the traditional (natural growth) and contemporary (artificial growth) the design aims to educate and uncover how our food is produced, which is particularly important in such an urban environment.  Emphasizing this is the creation of mood using differing lighting levels, with a particular focus on synthetic lighting vs organic lighting.

The bustling day and night life of the infamous Seel St is the perfect setting to reignite the relationship between the numerous bars, cafes and restaurants with the produce they sell, meanwhile creating a natural hub of activity which supplies not only produce, but knowledge. 

Contextual Plan View Design Strategy Diagram

A predominantly natural development, focusing on creating this mini haven-like retreat in the centre of Liverpool, the information and inspiration generated by such an innovative design is more important now than it ever has been. 

With a mounting focus on sustainability, the concept of the project gives the building an undeniable purpose and prevalence.