Cork’s Food Innovation Campus 2050

Clare Creedon
Architecture

College
University College Cork

Contact
clarecree@gmail.com


Clare Creedon

Cork’s Food Innovation Campus 2050

A food-growing, culinary and educational hub, with sustainability and community-building at its core. It aims to re-enliven Cork’s Shandon quarter, once home to a thriving butter trade, now suffering business closures and dereliction. The back-land scheme re-inhabits two historic buildings, integrates three timber infill buildings and creates axial routes which enjoy the site’s disparate levels. An Aeroponic Greenhouse with timber primary structure and parabolic envelope of ETFE skin, provides a green backdrop to the campus. Moving gantries ensure maximum daylight when not harvesting. The central 18thc grain-store houses a Culinary School. A second warehouse accommodates Lecture/Exhibition spaces, it’s first floor opening onto a new Market Place. The terraced roof of the new Dining Hall connects the Culinary School to the Market. Roof wells provide light and ventilation with green-roof to absorb rainwater and increase biodiversity. An infill Start-Up Restaurant on pilotis projects into a public space re-imagined as a productive aquaponic landscape, encouraging pedestrians into the campus.