Food Production & Distribution Centre

Tess Macpherson

In this socialist future, ecological disaster has stricken the planet, leaving the exposed surface of the earth un-inhabitable. The world remains stable below the earth’s surface, leading humans to build more underground. The way humans must now live, resemble the way insects such as bees, ants, and termites live, working together to ensure everyone’s survival. Society functions more locally, from governance to food production. The structure of this underground facility is inspired by how termite mounds are structured. With one central chimney, which works with a number of ancillary ones, ventilation and temperatures are maintained like a breathing lung. Structural ribs support the underground form. This is where food production takes place, with organic material growing in between each rib to support the food growth. Manufacturing and distribution takes place in the underground core, which surrounds the main ventilation chimney, and connects to the existing building above, which was once the Jarvis Street Baptist Church. The chimneys are formed by the organic material that is grown below, and extends into a protective structure that creates a habitable space above ground. This is where people can travel between existing buildings, and gather together to eat and celebrate as a community.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.