LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand

alongside a team of engineers and designers, bangkok-based landscape architecture firm LANDPROCESS has realized ‘thammasat university rooftop farm’ – or ‘TURF’ – in the pathum thani province of thailand. repurposing a massive 236,806 ft2 of previously unused space, the project marks asia’s largest organic rooftop farm. combining the tradition of rice terraces with modern green roof strategies, the team has turned a once neglected area into a lush public place for sustainable food production. 

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as an adaptive climate solution, TURF incorporates sustainable food production, renewable energy, organic waste, water management and public space. the mound shape architecture pays tribute to the university’s former director, dr puey ungphakorn. in thai, ‘puey’ means ‘mound under the tree,’ or ‘nourishment’. with an earthwork of rice terraces and modern green roof technology, the cascading rooftop absorbs, filters and slows down runoff 20 times more efficiently than a conventional concrete roof.

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TURF grows food to feed the campus as rainwater zigzags down the slopes. at the end of its journey, four retention ponds await on each wing, mitigating and storing excessive rainfall for future use during drought. carving into the mountainous architecture, TURF maximizes the terrain to create multi-functional public spaces, and a large amphitheatre with a 360-degree panoramic view of bangkok. the roof is equipped with solar panels, capable of producing up to 500,000 watts per hour to irrigate the urban farm and power the building beneath it.

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this project has been conceived as a realistic but hopeful solution to the climate crisis, putting urban dwellers back in tune with agricultural practices. lessons on thai agriculture, landscape and native soil are embedded into TURF, educating future leaders to adapt and embrace climate challenges, by building sustainable cities for generations to come.

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand designboom

image © panoramic studio / LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand designboom

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LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand designboom

image © panoramic studio / LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand designboom

image © panoramic studio / LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand designboom

image © panoramic studio / LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand designboom

image © panoramic studio / LANDPROCESS

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LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand designboom

image © panoramic studio / LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand

image © panoramic studio / LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand

image © LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand

image © LANDPROCESS

LANDPROCESS completes asia's largest urban rooftop farm in thailand

image © LANDPROCESS

 

 

project info:

 

project name: thammasat university rooftop farm (TURF)

scope: master planning, landscape architecture

location: thammasat university rangsit campus, pathum thani province, thailand

landscape architect: LANDPROCESS

architectural design: arsomsilp institute of the arts

interior design: DIMENSIONAL INTERPRETATION

structural engineering: degree system co., ltd

MEP engineering: TPM consultants co.,ltd

graphic design: be our friend

construction management: CM49

total area: 645,834 ft2 (60,000 m2 / 36 rai)

green roof area: 236,806 ft2 (22,000 m2 / 14 rai)

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