Honorable Mention, Meditation Farm Conjunto Nacional

São Paulo urban rooftop rehabilitation as community practice, Brazil

Meditation Farm invites you to a meditative experience in urban nature. The contemplative act of tending useful plants anchors the user in the present, engaging them with sustainable agriculture and conscious consumption. The project proposes to restore and repurpose the unused steel structure of the clock and temperature display on the roof of the Conjunto Nacional in São Paulo into a giant trellis and urban garden. Open to the public, it becomes a catalyst for local community development.

Thriving in São Paulo’s subtropical climate, the urban garden adapts to alternating periods of intense sunshine and rainfall. A water reservoir supplies both the farm and the building below. The food grown can be taken away, prepared and eaten on site, or sold to the restaurants in the building for further processing. With its unity of architecture and nature, the Meditation Farm demonstrates the potential for urban regeneration of the unused rooftops of South America’s largest metropolis. As both a meditation space and a model for sustainable regeneration, it improves the quality of life in the city.

Architects: Jens Brinkmann, Philipp Nass
Collaborator: Aleyna Pakize Mutlu
Renders: Thomas Saint-Guillain

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