Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic “Flavors Orchard” Farm City in China

by , 03/01/14
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The project is based on the idea of eco-responsible lifestyles and sustainable innovations that enable biodiversity and slow down the massive rural exodus China has experienced over the last decade. Flavors Orchard is a prototype settlement that mixes all the advantages of the city and the countryside.

Equipped with smart building automation systems, the villas will be connected through an intelligent power grid that redistributes the excess power harvested through photovoltaics and wind turbines. Electric vehicles will be used as buffer storage of electricity.

The treatment of the site will enable integration of the masterplan and the endemic ecosystems. The villas are expected to produce more energy than they consume, thanks to passive sustainable strategies that maximize sun exposure. Heavy insulation and triple-glazed windows will reduce the need for additional cooling and heating.

The villas are divided into three typologies: the Mobius Villa, the Mountain Villa and the Shell Villa. The Mobius Villa is a green-roofed, ribbon-shaped structure that contains bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, libraries and game rooms. The Mountain Villa looks like a giant Chinese fan designed to follow the sun’s path. Solarized photovoltaic glass panels are filled with algae to produce bio-hydrogen, while the building’s second exterior skin made of laminated timber works as a huge windscreen. The Shell Villa sits on six steel pillars and supports wind turbines. Shaped as a conical Chinese hat, the building offers panoramic views of the entire orchard.

+ Vincent Callebaut Architectures

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  1. gontier March 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    This looks to be a very appealing concept, although I think that the wind turbines on the Shell Villa look somewhat aggressive – a bit like lawnmower blades. But the good points appear to more than outweigh my boring negative perceptions, especially the algae-filled, solarised photovoltaic glass panels, and triple glazed windows. I also like the laminated timber exterior skin wind screens on the Mountain villa, whilst maximising exposure to the sun’s passing. There are echoes of rural life woven together with the modern and aspects of Chinese philosophy in all of the designs. However, I’m not totally convinced how the furnishings and activities would work in some of the spaces

  2. gggreggg February 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    while there are many good points in this proposal, the author should read Jane Jacobs and the necessity of density.
    this project, as presented, is too much like Corbusier\’s Tower in the Park concept; a failed concept!

  3. Marcella Guerriero February 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I’m currently looking for images to show to an illustrator with a Green Science Fiction script I want the artist to look at in order to get an opinion on the potential of the script. I hope you don’t mind if I share these. is my site. THANKS

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