Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Paul Lukez and his design team have transformed a 1942 dry dock that till recently was occupied by a fuel storage station, and have turned it into a solar greenhouse farm that will spark economic development and harvest renewable energy simultaneously.
For its conceptual design and sustainable nature, the Dry Dock Greenhouse has been awarded a 2023 GOOD DESIGN Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum for Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
A new dam would close off the dry dock as a greenhouse using BIPV panels on its south-facing sides for year-round urban farming or as a botanical garden.
A more agri-voltaic approach could be coupled with the redevelopment of this district, creating a farm-to-table experience in which new local restaurants could participate.
Project: Dry Dock Greenhouse
Architects: Paul Lukez Architecture
Lead Architect: Paul Lukez
Design Team: Roni dos Santos, Safia Dziri, Ryan DeLaura, I-Ting Tina Lee, Bailee Maston, Xiao Li, Nathan Rutberg, Brianna Ramey, Jennifer McClain, and Matt Bean
Manufacturer: Tierney Development Services LLC
Photographers: Roni Dos Santos