The harbour is somewhere out there, hiding beyond the big green bridge, just out of reach and out of sight. We have lost the connection to the harbour, and there by our identity as a harbour city. We need to blur the lines and reclaim our heritage.
The S(OIL), Wind and Motion is a network hovering above the harbour enabling the co-existence of harbour and city. It is an adaptive network, adapting to the level of activity in the harbour below. As the demand for fossil fuel decreases, the activity in the harbour will simultaneously decrease and the network enables nature to claim back its space.
Making the dead space come alive by activation and celebration. A way for the city to expand above the harbour, enabling movement on the pathways, energy collecting trough the towers, and for growth in the silos. The network aims to shift the focus of the area away from fossil fuel to another type of energy. Energy like in food, green solar power and human energy. Thereby bring back life, movement, and soul to the area.
S(OIL), WIND & MOTION
As the network grows the towers will evolve. The waterscape suprastructure needs energy and in order to distribute that, within the system, electric power towers are constructed. The towers grow higher depending on the growth of the network at the specific location. The towers have façade panels around them, making it possible for the electricity cables to climb around the them self as the variation in height of the connected towers may be significant.
At first, the main role of the tower is to transport energy to the surroundings but as the space is completely overgrowth by the network the tower will reach high up in the sky to provide energy on its own.
At the bottom part of the tower, containers are stacked upon each other in order to create storage space but also to create a way up in the tower. As you have passed the containers, you will reach an integrated greenhouse.
The middle part of the tower consists of a vertical park. Here the tower also reaches out through platforms. A net-structure is covering the space to clearly define the proportions without blocking the wind.
Talking about WIND, a wind turbine is connected at the very top to provide energy. In order for that to not interfere with the tower itself, the geometry of the tower is asymmetric.
As the Earths’ human population grows at an exponential rate, the oil discovery is decreasing at an exponential rate. Natural gas is becoming scarce and oil silos are now becoming abandoned storage containers. In this age of limited resources, why not convert some of these existing structures into something useful?
The project S(OIL) is a concept about what is and what can be. It revolves around transforming the fossil fueled area Skarvikshamnen in Gothenburg, ”the energy port” into a vibrant, living area for agriculture using existing elements of infrastructure found within the industrial landscape. It is an industrial area reset, giving the space new life and new identity. Leaving its former carbon footprint behind heading into the future as a space for learning by integrating with each other and nature.
Contaminated oil silos are detoxified with bioremediation, which is a safe, environmental friendly, sustainable way of waste management to clean the environment. It uses biological organisms to alleviate pollution and removes or neutralises waste and toxic substances. In this process bacteria and microorganisms, in this case: plants and soil, would be introduced into the silo. To make this applicable to our silos, a submersible platform would be attached to the existing silo structure introducing the soil to the inside, cleaning away the toxicities as it submerges. Once the platform has reached the bottom of the silo, the inside would be ready for cultivation
The motion network mainly consists of a green and vibrant spiral pathway winding around a power tower.. From the spiral , there are openings allowing for pathways to connect to and seek for other towers. The network of pathways allow for people to walk, run or enjoy the view of the waterscape suprastructure. On the spiral pathway, people can socialize, observe the view, move in different levels to get access to other pathways and spirals or perhaps visit the platforms of the power tower.
The power towers are placed in silo parks to emphasize the ongoing greenery and vibrant life in the area. The spread of the network of spirals follows the groth of the slime mold. Since the power towers are full of greenery and life, pathways surround each tower in a spiral, which is where the parasite thrives. It then seeks other towers and encompass them with spirals. Along the way, they wind around silos since they are also full of life. This results in a motion network where visitors can move in different levels.
The motion network is a part of the waterscape suprastructure, which serves to make the dead space of the previous harbour come alive again by activation and celebration. The network allows the city to expand above the harbour, enabling movement on the pathways and collecting energy through the power towers. The network aims to shift the focus away from fossil fuels to another type of energy, such as food, solar power and human energy. Thereby, bringing back life, movement and soul to the harbour area.