Architecture created for nature. Innovative system of greenhouses and shadehouses
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
This paper, submitted for the completion of the ‘Contemporary Project’ specialization in the Masters in Advanced Architectural studies at ETSAB (Escola Tecnica Superior d’Architectura de Barcelona) is focused on architecture created for nature; in greenhouses and shadehouses. Nature has always been a constant source of inspiration within my architectural practice, prompting an ongoing research about the relation of architecture and nature. The purpose of this thesis is to show that with both a new perspective on architecture for nature and a common known way of building, lost and poor spaces in the cities and towns have the potential to be revitalized with greenhouses and urban agriculture techniques. This type of architecture intends to focus on energy reduction, making use of nature’s cycles and balancing agrarian and urban functions. The purpose of the Urban Greenhouses is not only to act as a sustainable solution to the current issues in cities but to connect people with nature. The contemporary urban greenhouse goes beyond the common known characteristics of the greenhouse by creating situation-dependent -that is; context-based solutions- as answers to the raising issues of today. The Costa Brava and Portbou are therefore the first chapter of this ongoing investigation. Under the Title “Morphology of Costa Brava” I analyze the relationship between art, nature, and architecture of this rugged and surreal landscape, as well as the importance of the Catalan cuisine as an opportunity for the town of Portbou. The second chapter is an in-depth analysis of “greenhouses and shadehouses as a tool for renovation.” A recount of the architectural value of this typology, the importance of hydroponic plantations and urban agriculture, and relevant study cases, built up the core argument for the architectural proposal. Nature it is not only the inspiration for a broad range of concepts and design processes, but it should also be expressed by a wide range of functions and forms. The third chapter will, therefore, be the architectural manifestation of this last idea. The “Renovation of Portbou” chapter explains the ideas behind an experimental culinary centre combined with modern hydroponic plantations and contemporary greenhouse-based architecture. This culinary centre will give the town a new and unique character, enhancing its potential for creating new activities and promoting the culinary traditions and innovative techniques of the Costa Brava region.
Màster universitari en Estudis Avançats en Arquitectura: Contemporary Project
SubjectsGreenhouses -- Spain -- Portbou, Urban agriculture -- Spain -- Portbou, Hivernacles -- Catalunya -- Portbou, Agricultura urbana -- Catalunya -- Portbou