AWR COMPETITION: The 690 CHELSEA- City farm & Resident- (Thez15)

The 690 CHELSEA- City farm & Resident- (Thez15) ©2015AAtelier


Project name: The 690 CHELSEA- City farm & Resident- (Thez15)
Teams: Batzorig.B; Badrakh.B; Sumiya.O; Jargalbold.A;


Vertical farm and resident
As we know, the vertical farm is the potential solution of food problems that we may face tomorrow. We have all the technologies required to make vertical farm a reality today.
With respect to architectural planning, the vertical farm design depends on more universal factors such as technology and natural resources like sun and wind. There is another aspect that is important: residents, who depend on local factors such as social, cultural, and lifestyle factors. The purpose of this project is to tackle both of these aspects.

New York
Even though it is one of the youngest cities in the world, New York, one of the largest cities in the world, has experienced many changes and challenges.
Originally, it was established as a settlement when the Dutch arrived to Manna-Hata island inhabited by the Algonquin tribe to establish New Amsterdam. After a war between the Dutch and the English, its name was changed to New York. It was an important strategic base during the American War of Independence. Between 1783 and 1790, New York was the capital city of the US and during this time, it grew into the largest city in the US.
1811 Commissioner’s plan was the basis of the city planning of modern-day New York. The railway and metro system established afterwards was another important development that pushed the city to a new level.
It is important to note that it was the setting for most innovations and experiments related to urban development. As a result, New York has the potential to be the setting of the first vertical farm.

Chelsea has gone through many transformations. Since British Major Thomas Clarke bought the land in 1750, it was mostly an industrial district until the 1820s, when Chelsea was developed into a residential district. Since then, it has seen an influx of immigrants and migrants who contributed in their unique ways to make Chelsea a colorful residential district as well as an art center. As such, Chelsea has become one of the most sought-after places to live in New York City. The best attractions are High Line, Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers, Historical Street, Art galleries, performance theatres, General Theological Seminary, parks, Chelsea hotel, cinema, restaurants, shopping centers and nightclubs.
Since Chelsea is a district that attracts a lot of tourists as we can see from above, picking it for our project gives us a unique advantage. However, it also demands us to do a lot of research on the area to make our project more connected to its specific qualities. We endeavored to incorporate all these features into our project to develop a plan that aligns with the lifestyles and unique quirks of Chelsea and will enrich the quality of life in Chelsea.

Chelsea gets 112cm of rain and 104cm snowfall per year. On average, there are 200 sunny days per year in Chelsea, NY. The July high is around 30C degrees. The January low is -8C. Average wind speed is 6 meters per second.
From here we can conclude that rain water management and solar energy system is suitable in our site.

Ground floor and one half of the 1st floor is for commercial use. On the upper floors, farms and residents will be placed adjacent to one another. Moreover, visual connections between farm and residents will be provided by voids and terraces.
High Line will be connected with a huge open space that allows circulation and visual relation between street level and the High Line. The form lays back and allows continuous visibility of high line in range also it provides quality view to the Hudson river.
The form allows us to take more daylight, maximum sun energy absorption, good wind circulation and rainwater collection. It also allows surrounding buildings to have more daylight and views.

Building can produce its own energy from renewable sources. The use of a relatively new material, fully transparent solar panel glasses, for the façade provides the possibility to let sunlight travel to the farm without obstacles, and thus generates a sufficient energy for consumption.
It also uses smart controlling system that minimizes the energy and water use. Natural ventilation system and rain water, waste water management systems are available. It also threats sea water for farm use.

In conclusion, our design represents the harmony of local and universal values. It can be an independent system that produces its own energy. Natural ventilation and water management systems are available.
We propose a leaned surface that maximizes the absorption of sunlight, and because it is leaned, it also minimizes shade and wind blockage around the surrounding buildings.
We included an open space that is connected to the High Line and it includes a commercial space as well. These open green space and green terraces that are connected to the High Line will create not only an aesthetically pleasant environment but also help reduce heat island and noise pollution. Moreover, we dedicated a space on our farm to introduce it to tourists.


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