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Monterey Bluewater Farms CONCEPT DESIGN BOOK


Monterey Bluewater

Monterey Bluewater Farms

(MBW) is a 16-acre former industrial site in Moss Landing, California. The first land-based aquaculture facility of its kind in the United States, MBW will be an ecologically sound alternative to traditional seafood farming. This concept design seeks to create a unified architectural vision for the MBW campus, coordinating facilities layout for the adaptive re-use site and designing a cladding system for new structures that will complement the technologically advanced program put forth by MBW in its mission

Concept Rendering of Visitor Center and Water Tank


Table of Contents

1 2 3 site

adaptive reuse

building skin


Site Location

SANTA CRUZ

SAN FRANCISCO

25 MILES

95 MILES

101

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Elkhorn Slough MOSS LANDING

MBW

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

101

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SALINAS

MONTEREY

101

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA 1

LOS ANGELES 320 MILES


1. site


Existing Site Views


Site Design

Key to understanding issues of site design

at Monterey Bluewater Farms is an appreciation for the life cycle of its essential product: fish. Each of the program elements at MBW is sited according to its functional position with regards to this life cycle. Specimens move from building to building as they grow and approach harvest. Accordingly, facilities are arranged for their adjacency: Broodstock leads to Nursery / Hatchery which leads to PreOngrowing / Growout which leads to Packing Plant. Care is given to organize these structures so that transporting livestock between them can be accomplished in a safe and effective manner.

There are two main classes of users at

MBW. The first of these is staff. Staff facilities are prioritized in the development schedule of the campus at Moss Landing, and the Office building will be the first location for change on the site as a whole. A second staff-only building will be the Research and Development (R&D) facility, which is peripherally located for reasons of bio-security. A second class of user at MBW is the public. Visitors to campus, while not prioritized from an operations standpoint, play a vital role to the mission of the facility. It is the goal of MBW to educate the public as to the importance of its program for sustainable food cultivation. Therefore visitors to campus are encouraged and will be received with a purpose towards showcasing all that MBW has to offer.

Site Concept Sketch


Site Design (continued)

The facilities at Monterey Bluewater Farms

are by definition industrial and vast. Much of the task site design at the MBW campus, then, is to break down the mass of buildings and equipment to a human scale. One of the best opportunities to create this approachable scale at Moss Landing exists in the Research Courtyard, which is the heart of the MBW site. This parklike open space sits among primary buildings: the Office and Classroom structures, which are being adaptively reused, the Broodstock and Nursery / Hatchery buildings, which are new construction, and a large seawater retention tank, which is a vestigial element from a former magnesium operation. The Research Courtyard will be the first destination for the scientists and staff who run MBW, and the touchpoint for visitors to experience the public aspects of campus.

Future additions to the MBW campus will

include a possible Visitor’s Center and an organic farming operation. It is imagined that these, together with an accompanying food and beverage operation, will enhance the reputation of MBW as a purveyor of the highest quality organic food and a top destination for sustainable agriculture in California and beyond.

Site Aerial Looking Southwest


SITE CONCEPTS & PRECEDENTS

industrial memory

Parco Dora | Turin, Italy Zeche Zollverein | Germany

farm to table

Hog Island Oyster | Marshall, CA

research & tech

Monterey Bay Aquarium

local ecology

Elkhorn Slough


SITE PLAN

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6 7

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Broodstock

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Nursery/Hatchery

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Pre-ongrowing

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Growout

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Packing Plant

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Office

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Education Building

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LIFE CYCLE : FROM SOURCE TO TABLE


SITE SECTION THROUGH GROWOUT BUILDINGS


LANDSCAPE ELEMENTS

1. Fish as Food

Visitor Center and Event Space

Observation Room 7. Native Plants and Kitchen Garden 2. Site History

Gardens

3. Nurseries/Hatcheries

Constructed Wetlands/ Pond

Totems and Markers point out key elements of MBW’s story 4. Monterey Bay Ecosystems

VISITOR AND EMPLOYEE CIRCULATION PATH SECONDARY PATHS WAYFINDING / EDUCATIONAL TOTEMS VISITOR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHT

6. Water Use and Conservation 5. Slough


LANDSCAPE

seating

paths

building markers

wayfinding

totems


Site Aerial Looking Northwest


2. adaptive

reuse


Existing Site Photo of Future Office Building


Adaptive Reuse Buildings

In keeping with its broader sustainable approach,

MBW will begin campus construction with the repurposing of two existing structures at the heart of its facility, the Office and Classroom Buildings. These are one story metal shed buildings, which will receive new cladding, glazing and interior fit outs. The Office will be a center for campus operations, functioning as a location for staff to work, eat, relax and even sleep. The Classroom building, on the other hand, will focus on the public encounter of MBW. It will

Office

feature a lecture room and flexible event space, to eventually feature a bar and restaurant for sampling MBW produce. Care will be given in the refurbishing of these two existing structures to set a material and aesthetic tone for MBW that will resonate through the design of future buildings. The essential metal building architectural language of the Office and Classroom structures will color new construction across campus and reflect fundamental characteristics of the MBW brand. Attention will be paid to developing a palette that is functional, yet attractive and bold in its representation of the progressive agenda carried forth by MBW and its peers in the aquaculture community.

To complement the interior of these two adaptive

reuse facilities, a landscape element will lay the cornerstone for open space at the MBW campus. This outdoor zone will be drought tolerant and specify planting that is native to the California coast and the area around Monterey. A goal will be to create exterior locations that humanize the outsized scale of the MBW industrial grounds.

Education


PROGRAM AND CONCEPTS

dynamic

interactive

fluid


CONCEPTS

innovative

fresh

collaborative

a unique setting


EDUCATION BUILDING

DEMONSTRATION ROOM COMMUNITY ROOM LAB EXHIBITION SPACE KITCHEN WC MECHANICAL


EDUCATION BUILDING PHASES

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Community Room Cafe/ Restaurant


OFFICE

PANTRY DINING LOUNGE LIBRARY PHONE ROOM WORKSTATIONS SUPPLIES RESTROOMS WORK/STAY APARTMENT


OFFICE AXONOMETRIC

Short-term Stay Apartments

Confererence

Workstations

Pantry/ Kitchen


LANDSCAPE CONCEPTS

seating

fluidity

community spaces

native vegetation


LANDSCAPE

CRUSHED STONE DECOMPOSED GRANITE HARDSCAPE MEADOW BARBECUE SEATING AREA GREEN WALL EVENT SPACE


View of Education Building, Office, and Broodstock


3. building

skin


Existing Site Photos of Building Skin


Building Skin

At its essence, one of the basic architectural

tasks in designing Monterey Bluewater Farms is to design building skin. Cladding, the surface that will

1.

CORRUGATED METAL

cover the metal frames of the large structures at MBW, will be the hallmark of the built environment at Moss Landing. As such, it is essential to study a variety of options for cladding the buildings at MBW that are contemporary, striking, and consistent with the branding for the company in total.

To date, an investigation of the materials

for the cladding at MBW has focused on two options: metal and plastic. These are common industrial coverings, and they will serve as effective mechanisms for enclosure of all building types

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PLASTIC

on campus. What seems essential for this design exercise is to select a palette that is visually impactful and legible from afar.

The campus design for MBW principally

involves a question of scale. There are great differences in size between different buildings, from Grow-Out to Broodstock to Office. The architectural element that will unite these differently scaled buildings is the roof. We believe that the roof geometry of the buildings at MBW is vitally important to the reading of the physical campus as a whole.

3.

CUSTOM METAL


Building Skin (continued)

The driving purpose of the Grow-Out

building roofs, beyond covering the facilities below, is to house a solar array. The optimum angle for solar installations is 30 degrees. This corresponds to a 7:12 roof pitch. A single 7:12 pitch will not work at the scale of the grow-out buildings. Therefore each structure has been broken into a series of vaults, organized in the form of saw teeth. Each grow-out vault is 30 feet deep and seventeen feet tall. We believe this presents a cost-effective scale at which to render the campus roofs.

Another benefit of the saw tooth design

is its ability to differentiate buildings that are necessarily placed close to one another. More conventional gable roofs feature on buildings where accent is less appropriate. One metaphorical suggestion that seems to resonate for the MBW client group is that of Whitecaps. The idea that the buildings at Moss Landing are in fact extensions of the ocean itself is crisp, powerful and easy to understand.

View of Growout Building


BUILDING FORM


BUILDING FORM : GROWOUT BUILDING ELEVATION


1. CORRUGATED METAL

SANAA | ALVARO SIZA FACTORY BUILDING

CEBRA | SPOTS HALL | DENMARK


1A. CORRUGATED METAL

Facade Close Up

Long Facade of Grow Out Building


1B. CORRUGATED METAL AND POLYCARBONATE PANEL HYBRID

Facade Close Up

Long Facade of Grow Out Building


2. PLASTIC

STEVEN HOLL | NELSON ATKINS MUSEUM \ KANSAS CITY

INDRA JANDA | GARDEN ROOM


2A. POLYCARBONATE PANELS

Facade Close Up

Long Facade of Grow Out Building


2B. POLYCARBONATE PANELS WITH SUBSTRUCTURE

Facade Close Up

Long Facade of Grow Out Building


3. CUSTOM METAL

JUN’ICHI ITO ARCHITECTS | EDOGAWA GARAGE CLUB RENOVATION | TOKYO

BELZBERG ARCHIECTS | SANTA MONICA OFFICE


3A. CUSTOM METAL PANEL (PATTERN 1)

Facade Close Up

Long Facade of Grow Out Building


3B. CUSTOM METAL PANEL (PATTERN 2)

Facade Close Up

Long Facade of Grow Out Building


Monterey Bluewater Farms Concept Design Book  

This is a book developed by OVERARCH, which illustrates the big ideas for MBW's upcoming aquaculture facility in Moss Landing, CA.

Monterey Bluewater Farms Concept Design Book  

This is a book developed by OVERARCH, which illustrates the big ideas for MBW's upcoming aquaculture facility in Moss Landing, CA.

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