Studio Class at UC Berkeley
Studio Class at UC Berkeley

Govan Urban Farming Centre

This project was developed by Woan Tyng Tan as a student from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

Govan Urban Farming Centre aims to bring healthy opportunities in terms of physically, mentally and economically. Govan located at the west of Glasgow city centre, is famous for its shipbuilding and shipyard. Before the industrialization occurred, the main activities along the riverside are agriculture and fish farming. The site is chosen at the centre of Govan, beside the riverside, where the main issue is; an open-air car-park as a market which vehicular and pedestrian movement intersects. In the further design, it is seen to be designed as a pedestrian-friendly space. The intention of the urban farming is to provide a space for social interaction for the community, enhancing the economy of Govan by trading and providing more job opportunities, and a platform for learning. The concept of the project is to revive and restore the days before the industrialization happened in a more architectural modernized way. The urban farming centre has three main programmes, the farmer’s market, the greenhouse and the community centre. The farmer’s market selling healthy produce from the greenhouse and also a social space for people in Govan to gather around. Green technologies were used to produce simple product fast and efficiently such as the hydroponic and aquaponic systems to meet the requirement of food. The community centre where people of Govan and Glasgow or visitors and tourists get to learn about urban farming. The centre was designed to be modular to ease the extension and demolishment of each building. The three building were placed in a manner that closed up a square in between. Hence, an outdoor open space for the gathering is formed. The orientation of the buildings maximised the usage of daylighting and ventilation. Simple touch of material transparency to ease the movement of people in and out of the building.