The assignment asked to investigate the city centre of Umeå and propose a hybrid building with a holistic sustainable agenda. The main issues that I wanted to adress are locally produced food, flexible office spaces and inviting the citizens into the building.

The programme is working together in an ecosystem: the air with elevated CO2 levels is used in the greenhouse to advance crops, while the harvested food is offered in the restaurant and grocery store, which provide food for the occupants of the building and the surrounding area.

desk farm urban layout gif

The layout derives from the explicitly regular urban plan and structures around a modular 7.80 x 7.20m grid. The key space organising the building is the interior alley with stairs, galleries and decks which offers a glimpse of the activities inside the building, provides plenty of daylight in the summer and works as a temperate climate zone during winters.

desk farm floorplans gif

The ground floor is providing the most public programme, with a coworking café, restaurant, grenngrocers, auditorium and bicycle parking. The first floor is hosting the coworking facilities and rental offices, which continue on the next floor. The top two floors are providing a high performance greenhouse areas for urban farming which double as extra light sources for the dark winter days. The basement secures all the technical facilities, ie. rainwater tank, heat exchanger, ventialtion centrals and storage for the harvest and equipment.

desk farm logo

Project info

name: Desk Farm
date: May, 2014
location: Umeå, Sweden

type: sustainable design concept
size: 7500m2
materials: wood, concrete, polycarbonate

team: Piotr Paczkowski
tutoring: Walter UnterrainerKimmo Lylykangas
images: Piotr Paczkowski