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Winner - Gold
Designer: Christina Yu
Design Type: Architecture; Working Spaces, Interiors: Working Space, Offices, Sustainable, Green Interiors
Company / Organization / School: Wolter & Yu
Team Members: Justin Wolter Matthew Norman Ray Lok
An old industrial space is converted into an aquaponics farm that is part office, part grow room, and part showroom. The active farm uses movable racks to maximize production within minimal space. Pipes and cables are integrated into the system to deliver nutrient water from fish tanks to the plant life, and walls of LED provide low-energy lighting. Excess water is filtered and returned to the water tanks in a closed ecosystem. Flexible and functional bi-folding glass panels allow part of the office to be converted to a private meeting room, or alternatively opened up for an expansive space. Erasable paint applied to walls create writable surfaces throughout. Height-adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs respond to different working environments. Software developed specifically to monitor the whole process is displayed on a TV wall. The design is the culmination of different industry specialists coming together – agriculture, technology, interior and lighting design.