Crossing Cycles – structures of symbiosis
Architecture is a visionary profession that combines concepts with emergent material and engineering technologies that offer glimpses of possible futures. “Crossing Cycles”, Farm of the Future, by muu-baa members Stefan Rier and Lukas Rungger of NOA* explores three imagined structures for the farm.
The first structure, “cowshed”, shows how methane production from cows can be harnessed to create inflatable structures. A gaseous byproduct of burning the methane is carbon dioxide. This is absorbed by blue-green algae that are later harvested as a biomass supplement feed for the cows, completing a symbiotic cycle of production.
“Solar chimneys”, vertical silos driven by solar power, house sub-tropical and tropical fruits, with irrigation water being recycled via a fish pond and warm-air provided by inflatable PVC structures warmed by the sun. Opportunities for well-being experiences include strolling in the fruit towers, pedicures courtesy of the fish in the pond, and relaxing on the inflatable structures.
The last vision is a contemporary farm house comprising a biomorphic bubble incorporating multi-functional private/public spaces. For example, an extendable structure acts as a temporary public theatre or as a room for family relaxation.
While this vision feels strange, the reality of a farm as a source of renewable energy and production is here today. La Bellota farm near Turin, Italy, is self-sufficient in energy using a combination of bio-mass, solar and hydrogen sources. Where can the reality of La Bellota and the vision of Crossing Cycles hybridise?