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Our project foresees the design of an experimental public vertical farm in the Poblenou district of Barcelona. The focus of our project is one portion of Poblenou which is characterized by low-middle-class residential buildings. We want to introduce an experimental and innovative public space where people can grow and consume their own produce. The concept is to reverse the industrial chimney into a machine that collects water and hosts vertical farming.

Air Well


Academic {IAAC} | Group project




Concept development | Farming research | Form-finding | Digital fabrication | Grasshopper scripting | Physical model

The project followed a research-based design methodology. Environmental simulations and genetic optimizations were used to determine the placement, orientation, and slope of the structure. Different crops and their growth times were studied in order to pick the best combination for urban farming.


Additionally, the proposed structure's physical prototypes were constructed, exploring different strip-attaching techniques.

All the design decisions, from the creation of the first unit to the final aggregation, were evaluated through research and simulation. Here we can see the optimization of the geometry of a single unit. It was performed using Galapagos and aimed at maximizing the amount of sunlight received from the upper part of the structure while maintaining an adequate slope to guide the water inwards to the farming area.

Solar radiation simulations were performed in the entire aggregations to make sure that these optimizations were translated to the larger structure.