A new development, Cité Maraichère (city farm), in Romainville, Paris creates a new municipal facility promoting agriculture and sustainable food within a regeneration project. As a “laboratory of life”, it offers residents fresh fruit and vegetables all year round, while also making a contribution to climate neutrality. Local food production can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and transport. Urban agriculture is seen as part of an answer to the ecological and nutritional challenges of the future.
The farm, designed by the French architecture firm ilimelgo, is a combination of a greenhouse and an industrial building consisting of two connected wings. The project explores urgent current themes of efficient land management and use, air quality and development of community networks. The homogenous buildings express both their link with agriculture while creating a controlled bioclimatic environment, combining ventilation systems, rainwater harvesting and maximising light penetration into the elevations.
1 | The filigree roof construction in hot dip galvanized steel and glass allows maximum light
penetration into the building
2 | The Cité Maraichère acts as an interface between greenhouse and industrial building