Hydroponic Pumping Station

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Hydroponic Pumping Station
Eco-technology Architecture
Virtual / Architecture / Biology
March 22nd, 2013
Mode:lina Architect
Pila, Poland

In an effort to revitalize an old pumping station in Pila, Poland, Architect mode:lina combines green thinking with eco-technology to turns a space growing your own food. These three aspects: nature+mineral water+education are the base of their concept. They hope to once again promote the city and give back a pumping function to an old building. An idea for the pumping building’s next life is to create in it a hydroponic farming. It is a soil-less farming you only have to water your plants with nourished water with some supplements.

Technology consist of three basic elements. First one is a pump, placed under every system. Its task is to spread the water over whole system, to every seedling. Liquids are spread by small channels. They go back into the pumping, they nourish fish or other water animals. Last part of this system are pots with plants filled with special base allowing water and oxygen to flow. Hydroponic system can be easily built at home with little pump and used PET bottles. Every single person coming to this green center can familiarize oneself with this technology.

Hydroponic gardening is not only about food. It’s a place where people can work on a hydroponic technology, exchange their ideas and opinions. Through the education people can get interested in some very important causes, which is that they don’t exist in only one building but it can be spread all over the city. Indirectly, people can sell veggies or flowers at the town markets or private stalls. Directly, some parts of cultivated plants can be removed and placed at buildings’ walls and create vertical gardens, covering unattractive parts of a city.

 

Original sources:
http://www.archdaily.com/347418/hydroponic-pumping-station-winning-proposal-modelina/
http://modelina-architekci.com/pivotx/?e=342

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