Plantagon designs office block containing a 60-metre-high urban farm

Our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video features a proposal for an office tower that doubles as a vertical farm, by Swedish architecture firm Plantagon. Called the World Food Building, the project is currently under construction in the Swedish town of Linköping and is due to be completed in 2020. Half of the 60-metre-tall building will be

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North Carolina farmhouse by Buildsense combines rustic and modern features

Reclaimed materials form simple geometries in this farmhouse in North Carolina by design-build firm Buildsense, which sought to balance the modern appeal of a contemporary home with the cosiness of a rustic farm. Horseshoe Farm is located in the small town of Creedmoor. The clients wished for a home to retire in that would allow

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Asher deGroot builds Swallowfield Barn with help of local community

It took a village to build this barn for livestock in British Columbia, which Canadian architect Asher deGroot designed for his parents’ farm. To construct Swallowfield Barn, the architect’s parents Dennis and Jenny deGroot undertook most of the labour themselves to cut costs, with the help of 60 volunteers. The agricultural building was constructed in

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Vertical farm designed to produce food amidst Shanghai’s skyscrapers

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative series investigates a design for a hydroponic vertical farm nestled among the skyscrapers of Shanghai. US architecture firm Sasaki Associates has designed the farm to produce food for the inhabitants of China’s largest city. The farm’s output will largely consist of leafy greens like kale, spinach and lettuce, which are

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Idee Architects updates house on Vietnamese citrus farm with pavilion-like living space

Idee Architects has modernised a traditional Vietnamese farmhouse for a large family, adding a glass and steel structure that overlooks orchards and the Ba Vì mountain range beyond. The Hanoi-based studio built the farmhouse in two main units, constructing the living and dining area on top of the basement of a dilapidated building, and renovating existing structures for the bedrooms. Mian Farm Cottage was designed

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Eduardo Souto de Moura transforms Portuguese farming village into luxury retreat

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has helped to revive a former farming village in the Alentejo region as a high-end hotel featuring whitewashed interiors and original vaulted ceilings. The monte, or village, is located at the heart of the 780-hectare São Lourenço do Barrocal estate, which has been owned by the same family for over

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Sculptural extension to French farmhouse protects interiors from harsh summer sun

Paris studio Dixneufcentquatrevingtsix has created this faceted concrete extension with just a small collection of openings scattered across its facades for a traditional farmhouse in France’s Provence region. Dixneufcentquatrevingtsix was tasked with extending a house in the commune of Uzès that had previously been used by a couple as their second home. The brief to create

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Superimpose creates ring-shaped pavilion in rural Hangzhou to teach city dwellers about farming

This white circular education centre in western Hangzhou, China, features a decked arena and cosy sleeping areas for children to camp and can learn about sustainable farming. Hong Kong-based Superimpose worked with local farmers in Tai Yang Valley to build the structure for the Sun Commune, an initiative raising awareness of sustainable farming and promoting healthy living to urbanites. Set among the

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Elliptical cheese factory wraps glazed viewing courtyard

This boutique dairy factory in western Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wraps a glazed courtyard offering visitors glimpses of the cheese production within. The Farm of 38° 30° is named after the coordinates of its site in a valley near the village of Afyon Tazlar, in Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar Province. Istanbul-based Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wanted to elevate the factory

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David Nossiter Architects transforms brick barn in Suffolk into spacious home

The original brick walls and a high timber-trussed ceiling are left exposed inside this former barn in Suffolk, which has been converted into a contemporary home by David Nossiter Architects. Church Hill Barn is located on the border between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex, and is one of a cluster of buildings that formed the

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Blackened wood barn by Workshop Architecten houses both livestock and people

Workshop Architecten has created a blackened wood barn for a farm in the Netherlands, which is divided into separate living quarters for sheep and people. Named Barn Rijswijk, the building is surrounded by century-old fruit trees on the 4.5-hectare-estate of the Rottenburg farm in Rijswijk, a municipality in the west of the country. Amsterdam-based Workshop Architecten was asked to replace

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Moxon adds red metal and larch extension to farmhouse in Scottish Highlands

London studio Moxon has restored an old granite farmhouse in the Scottish Highlands, and added a larch and metal extension with a matching gabled profile. The 18th-century farmhouse, named Coldrach, is located in the Cairngorms National Park in northeast Scotland. It was derelict prior to the renovation works. Moxon’s gabled extension echoes the form and proportions of the farmhouse, but

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Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur converts traditional Dutch farm into contemporary house and studio

Architect Jeanne Dekkers has renovated and extended a brick farmhouse in the Dutch village of Banholt, adding contemporary additions clad in horizontal spruce battens that enclose a cobbled courtyard. Delft-based Dekkers was tasked with transforming the traditional farm into a home with a studio, exhibition hall, holiday accommodation and a carport. The property is situated

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Organic food plant by Arch Studio references China’s hutong housing

This organic food-processing plant in China’s Hebei Province has been designed by Beijing practice Arch Studio as a series of individual buildings set around courtyards. Arch Studio designed the 1,720-square-metre facility as a series of independent blocks – a store, a mill, an oil pressing workshop and packing area – all linked by courtyards. This formation of pitched-roof buildings

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Dandelion farm and visitor centre completed by Archihood WXY in South Korea

Dandelions are used to make medicine within this timber and concrete complex that architects office Archihood WXY has built in South Korea (+ movie). Called Korean Dandelion Farm, the small complex is located on the edge of a forest. It combines a production centre for herbal remedies with a peaceful visitor retreat. As well as a flower garden and manufacturing area, it accommodates More

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Norm Architects completes contemporary farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside

Panoramic glazing frames views of meadows and cornfields from this farmhouse designed by Danish studio Norm Architects for a working farm in southern England (+ slideshow). The single-storey residence – named Reydon Grove Farm – is elevated above its site on a sandstone platform, allowing residents to take in views of the garden and farmland beyond. It is conceived as More

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Lloyd Architects builds community-oriented farmhouse in Utah

US firm Lloyd Architects has completed a new barn in Utah for a family that has been farming the same land since the 1800s (+ slideshow). The building is located on a three-acre (1.21-hectare) estate in the community of Pleasant Grove. It was passed down within the same family from the time it was first More

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Tadao Ando’s Cerro Pelon Ranch for Tom Ford shown in dramatic architectural film

A promotional movie has been released to entice potential buyers for a massive ranch in New Mexico that features buildings by Japanese architect Tadao Ando (+ movie). Called Cerro Pelon Ranch, the property encompasses more than 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) in northern New Mexico and features a meandering river, cottonwood trees and grazing pastures. It More

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Turnbull Griffin Haesloop creates white barn-like house on a California ranch

San Francisco studio Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects took cues from traditional barns to create this contemporary dwelling in a northern California farming valley (+ slideshow). Called Hupomone Ranch, the residence is located in Petaluma, a small, historic city with a culture of farming and ranching. The name references the biblical term “hupomone”, which is typically translated to mean More

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Rogers Stirk Harbour tackles global food crisis with vertical farm concept

London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has revealed details of a concept for a bamboo-framed vertical farm that could provide an alternative to traditional land-intensive farming. Named Skyfarm, the design is for a multi-storey hyperboloid structure that integrates different types of farming – ranging from traditional planting to aquaponics – and also produces its own energy. More

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Spark designs model for Asian retirement communities that double as city farms

World Architecture Festival 2015: architecture firm Spark has unveiled its concept for “the next generation of retirement housing” – a community of homes and health facilities combined with a vertical urban farm (+ slideshow). Named Home Farm, the design aims to tackle the main issues affecting cities in Southeast Asia. The first is that the number of people above retirement age […]

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Family house in Japan designed by Tailored Design Lab to embrace its farmland setting

Surrounded by farmland in rural Japan, this house by architecture studio Tailored Design Lab features a steeply pointed roof that frames views of the landscape, and an oversized chimney that provides natural ventilation (+ slideshow). The clients – a family who enjoy gardening and outdoor games – asked Tailored Design Lab to build them a house […]

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Heroic Food Farm in rural New York will provide housing and training for military veterans

A masterplan by Ennead Architects and RAFT Landscape Architecture for a nonprofit farm in New York aims to address two problems in the US: high unemployment among military veterans and a shortage of agricultural workers.  Called Heroic Food Farm, the facility will include eight micro-housing units for veterans and a community building for living, dining and […]

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Honeyman + Smith Architects adds a hillside-hugging extension to an Australian farmhouse

The two elongated wings that make up this extension to an Australian farmhouse are set into the side of a hill, connected by a stairwell that offer views straight through its middle (+ slideshow). Melbourne-based Honeyman + Smith Architects designed the addition to increase the size of a residence on a working farm in the Harkaway district, south-east of the city. […]

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Old Briar is a Tennessee farmhouse for a family relocating from Chicago

Nestled into a grove of mature trees in the Tennessee countryside, this timber-framed farmhouse features a sheltered swimming pool and a large porch where residents can look out over gently rolling fields (+ slideshow). The house was designed by four University of Tennessee architecture professors – Brian Ambroziak, Tricia Stuth, Ted Shelton and Katherine Ambroziak – and is located on a 32-hectare […]

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Moo-Flat Design adds an angular steel-clad home to a Japanese dairy farm

The faceted metal surfaces of this addition to a dairy farmer’s house in the Japanese city of Sodegaura fold around a courtyard that connects it with the original building (+ slideshow). Architect Miki Okuno of Fujisawa-based studio Moo-Flat Design created the residence for the third generation of a dairy farming family, who wanted a separate […]

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Paolo Carlesso clads Italian family house with cement panels

This family home near Milan features a partially exposed steel and timber frame modelled on the historical rural farm buildings in the surrounding area. Located in Fagnano Olona, a small village to the north-west of Milan, Casa CM was built between 2010 and 2014 by architect Paolo Carlesso as a home for his own family. The exterior of the […]

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Arnau Vergés builds concrete outbuilding for 17th-century Spanish farmhouse

A grassy lawn grows on top of this board-marked concrete farm building by Spanish architect Arnau Vergés, which is set into a slope beside an old stone house in rural Catalonia (+ slideshow). Arnau Vergés was asked to create a multi-purpose outbuilding next to a 17th-century farmhouse in La Vall d’en Bas, a municipality in eastern Spain, as part of a renovation […]

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OMA unveils masterplan for community farming facility in Kentucky

News: OMA has presented a vision to transform a former tobacco plant in Louisville, USA, into a hub for growing and selling food, featuring an edible garden, a coffee roastery and a recycling centre (+ slideshow). The New York office of Rem Koolhaas’ architecture firm plans to overhaul the vacant 10-hectare industrial site to create a new […]
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Grillagh Water House by Patrick Bradley is made up of four stacked shipping containers

A balcony shaded by steel fins projects from the upper storey of this house in Northern Ireland, which architect and farmer Patrick Bradley built using four old shipping containers (+ slideshow). Patrick Bradley developed Grillagh Water House for a picturesque site on his own farm near the town of Maghera, taking advantage of local legislation that allows […]
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A-Zero turns an English cow shed into a timber-framed family home

London architecture firm A-Zero has completed an oak frame house that incorporates the steel frame of an old cow shed in a rural area near Leighton Buzzard, England (+ slideshow). A-Zero was asked to design a house for a young family moving to a rural area, who had found a site occupied by old farm […]

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CHROFI completes concrete and stone sheds for forestry workers

The concrete roofs of two agricultural sheds by Sydney studio CHROFI jut out of stone and gravel banks in a clearing cut into a forest in eastern Australia (+ slideshow). CHROFI designed the two structures, called Lune de Sang Sheds, within a sustainably managed forest in New South Wales. The forest is made up of […]

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