bart bratke studioDE foram water purification farming vesselgerman architecture and design firm BART//BRATKE, in collaboration with studioDE, has been shortlisted in the international land art generator initiative competition with water-purifying concept ‘foram’. the ecological project enables water desalination and farming from an off-shore vessel that can be rapidly deployed around the world. while ‘foram’ was developed specifically for the los angeles region, its design methodology is applicable on a grand scale, with implications for any area experiencing sustained drought, natural disaster, or otherwise.

BART//BRATKE & studioDE design off-shore water purification vessel
all images © bart//bratke



‘foram’ is a transformable, water-based architecture that, besides purification capabilities, can be utilized an educational tool for local populations. the raft system incorporates two major sections; one being the physical structure itself. walkable areas — the other section — consist of spaces dedicated to urban farming, learning, floating-farm-to-table eatery, and ‘water bar’.

bart bratke studioDE foram water purification farming vessel



the roof structure is composed of a series of elevated tanks, situated at canopy level, for direct desalination. transportation is directed by a network of transparent tubing, and collected in the depths of ‘foram’. fresh water can then be sent to answer various demands including: drinks at the ‘water bar’, relocated to santa monica’s municipality system, farming purposes, or vaporized for on-board cooling. ‘foram’ was developed collaboratively by bart//bratke and studioDE.

bart bratke studioDE foram water purification farming vessel
coastline aerial

functional construction elements

roof system

water purification process

water supply needs

bart bratke studioDE foram water purification farming vessel
community cycle, energy creation via solar chimneys 

design parameters, geometric generation

site allocation, transportation

bart bratke studioDE foram water purification farming vessel
site plan



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edited by: nick brink | designboom