Centre for Sisterhood Approach - Rebecca Irving
The tower is the control centre for safety around the city and represents Jane Jacobs’ conceptual theories for ‘eyes on the street’. Visually, it is a metaphor for representing safety in architecture by adopting elements of watchtowers and lighthouses.
Elevation and Sections - Fiona Wylie
The north elevation, a long section through the growing tower, the seed library, the main atrium, and production spaces, and a short section through the main atrium, hydroponic growing spaces, and the main greenhouse.
The growing "tree" tower is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Johnson Wax Research Tower, with alternating mezzanine floors to allow for double-height vertical farming spaces as the main production zone of the building. The roots of the tower start at the lower ground floor entrance, with a seed library and archive surrounding the main circulation core of the tower.
The main greenhouse off of the atrium acts as a buffer zone for solar gain and passive heating/cooling throughout the building, which then goes into the main atrium which acts as a thermal stack where hot air can exit through vents.
View of the tower from the courtyard - Asya Gumus
The tower is located at the heart of Haghill and the curtain wall facade offers the opportunity to empower, encourage and promote activities through signage on the windows. The central space can also be used to sit, meet, socialize and spend time in the day.