the school project seeks to respond to the economic and cultural extension of the city to the bay in cuba. the existing facilities are mixed with the new programs, creating a large park for the recovery of the natural ecosystem, giving a formal framework to the production introducing forces of social capital and generating new opportunities, connecting the cuban population and welcoming tourism. 

proposal for the food port



gonzalo nicolau‘s ‘havana food port’ is located in the bay, where the warehouses of products linked to the activity of sugar and coffee are concentrated. nowadays it is an obsolete download platform and manifests as a great border between the city and the water, where there are only sheds, an industrial landscape and small orchards in green areas.

principles: permeable border, malecon park, transportation and industrial heritage, connected by  articulated nodes



the rethinking of the garbage spaces that generate the sudden economic changes allows to rethink each one of the instances in which the city is articulated. the proposed architecture recalls the old sheds of the bay and sugar mills, making a new typology for the edge of the city. local materials, such as reinforced concrete, metal profiles, wood, and obsolete port materials are used to allow its modulation and construction in the site as well as its transportation.

a new door for southern havana

action vector with maritime connections

program on the section view of the ex warehouses and port of regla in havana

the agro factory is the food infrastructure and typological development

constructive details of the building module

floor plans and section of the agro factory

view of the productive area, and the coexistence between the water and the territory

sectional perspective of the agro factory and its relation with the productive areas

interior view of the agro factory and its hydroponic crops

the new territorial model; new productive networks that are interrelated to the other systems



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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom

  • The idea is good but not mature… In the areas he propouse that the population has an industrial tradition… They are not farmers… So is social exclusive… The estructure contemplate for the building isnt realistic for the materials aviable in the country and is divorced from the clima. He have not idea about urban agriculture an how should be developed… Presentation is good… But the worst is… He have not idea about the country… Sorry dude… The project is bad…

    Cuban architect says:
  • Excellent project. Cuba has been a pioneer in developing urban agriculture in the cities, mainly in Havana. The case is studied worldwide and highlighted by FAO. Is a look that bets on the field-city symbiosis, when many modern metropolis have lost the course of food production and the consequences suffered by pesticides from traditional agriculture. It is interesting the relationship of the Cuban population with tourism. Besides all the public connection and transport. Is a proposal that stops disneymatizing havana and makes it productive. The first thing one does when arriving in Havana is to eat something on the street! = D

    hanna says:

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