DE PORRE, GHENT, BELGIUM WILLIAM WERY, LIADAN LONG, BENOIT FREYMANN, SANDER BAHNMULLER, SARA DIMECH 2021
Located on the Arsenaal site next to De Porre, our project provides the village not only with sustainable alternative building materials but also with a variety of other functions. They include education, food production, housing and recreation.
The project reuses existing buildings to house our production and educational facilities. The housing, the product of the factory, participates in answering the growing needs of a changing demographic of the city. It also tries to work with climate. The park creates a new urban landscape within the village. Beyond Food is a centre for education and learning about building for the future and puts these principles into practice.
First and foremost, our positive impact on the village is found in the production of panels, using a waste product, which has a circular life span. We create the energy required to meet the needs of our inhabitants, the running of the factory and a surplus for the village (Energy). Food is grown within the landscape in the form of fruit trees and a greenhouse rooftop on the factory (Food). We collect grey water for purification and its reuse (Water). All spaces created are adaptable, flexible and demount-able (Space and Adapt). The factory itself not only produces the panels for construction but also creates jobs and provides education in relation to manufacturing as well as the impact of sustainable materials on our climate. The public amenities give a sense of community within De Porre and area means of sharing the knowledge needed to work towards a more sustainable future together. And finally, looking to 2040 our factory will provide panels beyond the village around Gent, Belgium and Europe using the railway transport system in place at our site (Mobility). Beyond Food serves as a model for sustainable building practices going forward.