Restaurant Off Grid
Architektur Restaurant off Grid
Visualisierung Restaurant Interior
Suggested design claims to brake increasing gap between productions facilities and consumers of its products. Program aim is to elaborate
new deploy of industrial, public, leisure, commercial and agricultural functions as a new sustainable approach to urban planning. Philosophy of exposed energy and food production considered as a beautiful, rather than utilitarian gives a chance to bring these functions into city again. Melted with common city facilities they give a new value to the environment.
Project site is Ost district, in Frankfurt am Main. It is former industrial area, where new commercial functions promptly squeeze out old industrial facilities. There are vast underused areas, and evident shortage of leisure facilities.
Project solution is to establish self-sufficient restaurant, which can supply itself with food cultivated in the adjacent agricultural urban park and with energy. For source of energy is used pyrolysis gasification power plant with cogeneration micro turbine on the willow wood. It is environmentally clean, although consumes significant amount of firewood. To achieve required 111 382 kW/h there is 8.7 ha of willow field needed. Solution is a chain of the willow parks in the abandoned areas of Frankfurt Ost. It will serve for area gentrification, Green Belt
connection, and power plant feeding. Each park interconnected to urban tissue and has its own unique feature, as basketball field, pedestrian fountain, etc. Peculiar feature of parks will be constant changes of the trees, as a result of 4-year growing cycle.
Greenhouse restaurant located on the Northern bank of the North Channel closer to public facilities, power plant confronts restaurant on the
south bank, which is an industrial area. Its both connected with pedestrian bridge.
The restaurant has 50 seats. Menu based on the traditional German cuisine, with exception of the meat products (To avoid complicated processes). Part of the provision must be fresh all year round, that caused appearance of a greenhouse. Size of the greenhouse is much
bigger than restaurant, therefore latter is placed inside the greenhouse to save on heating and to place visitors into the weightless environment full of plants and sun light. Greenhouse is opened to the south and closed to the north and north-west. Terraced floor inside
forms a southern slope, integrated with identical park terraces through the transparent eastern wall. Through terraces with growing plants winds curved path - restaurant's guest area. Under the terraces on the ground floor there are kitchen and technical facilities. The outer greenhouse shell is a system of the windows controlled with climate-control system.
Public power plant
Considering urban conditions drawback of the energy production with this technology is vast space required to store firewood, feeding includes daily work of the tractor. To save space it is proposed to create vertical storage, which is well-connected with the public observation staircase,
decks and smoke stack. Basement single-storey block house power plant room with machinery, and other technical facilities. Above this block sits storage-observation tower and bridge deck, latter connects tower to the park routes. while visitors climb up they observe energy production
- from willow fields far below, to willow bales stored in the tower.