Architecture That Can Feed You: Penda’s Yin & Yang House Addresses Our Detachment With Food

Architecture That Can Feed You: Penda's Yin & Yang House Addresses Our Detachment With Food, Courtesy of Penda Austria
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As a generation that has the most flexibility in day-to-day life, live-work dwellings are becoming more and more popular; a topic that is expected to be seen everywhere in 2018. We can now work anywhere as long as we have a decent internet connection and something to type on. Penda’s latest design, Yin & Yang house, calls upon millennials to take advantage of this ability and move back to the countryside for a better quality of life.

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Yin & Yang house in Germany’s countryside will provide a small family the resources to grow all of their own food for a self-sufficient lifestyle whilst establishing a harmonious dialogue between the living and working spaces in the home. Addressing our detachment with the origins of our food and the unsustainable industrial agriculture, the house will become a living organism that will transform as the seasons’ pass, sculpted by nature.

Whenever architects design a building, they take an area away that used to belong to nature. We try to give this space back to plants on the roof. At the same time we provide a gardening-system for the owners with greenhouses in winter and rows of planters for the rest of the year – Christ Precht, founding partner of Penda.

Continuing the relation with nature, the roof of the house will be a landscape in itself; two peaks in opposite corners will form mountains that a valley will run through. The ascending roof will also facilitate rainwater harvesting that channels the water to the ground to be reused on dry days for the plants. Depending on the time of year Yin & Yang house will evolve and grow. In the design, Penda has integrated flexible greenhouses for the winter months and gardening planters for herbs, vegetables and fruit on the roof.

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“Growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruits, changes our relationship to food. In our garden, we try to grow as much of our daily nutrition as somehow possible,” says Fei Tang. “You know what you eat and taste the work and love that comes from your own garden. Real food becomes part of your identity. The same way that architecture does. To combine both in one harmonious design, gives a poetic image for a small plot on the countryside.”

When architecture supports the food we eat, it becomes so much more than just a “building” – a rare situation when it comes to the ever-bustling cities. Penda is calling other architects to adopt this strategy to encourage the younger generation of creatives to move to the countryside. The Yin & Yang house was exhibited at the Documenta in Kassel, Germany, as part of an effort from architects to revive the region of Edersee.

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  • Location

    Edertal, Germany
  • Studio

    Penda Austria
  • Project Team

    Chris Precht, Fei Tang Precht, Dayong Sun, Zizhi Yu
  • Area

    75.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

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Adjaye Associates Unveils Design of New Ghana National Cathedral in Accra

Adjaye Associates Unveils Design of New Ghana National Cathedral in Accra, Exterior at Dusk. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Exterior at Dusk. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

On the 61st anniversary of Ghana’s independence, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled plans for a New National Cathedral of Ghana to be built in the capital city of Accra. Led by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, the design is envisioned as a “physical embodiment of unity, harmony and spirituality” where people of all faiths will be welcome to gather and practice their faith.

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Exterior Perspective. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

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“The Cathedral will address the missing link in our nation’s architecture by providing a Church of national purpose,” said President Akufo-Addo. “It will be an inter-denominational house of worship and prayer, as well as serve as the venue for formal state occasions of a religious nature, such as presidential inaugurations, state funerals and national thanksgiving services.”

The new Cathedral will be located on a 14-acre site adjacent to Osu Cemetery near Independence Square and the Accra Sports Stadium. An axial procession of landscaped gardens will lead up to the Cathedral, perched on a dramatic plinth and accessed via monumental staircases on the Northeastern and Southwestern ends.

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Processional Axis. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Processional Axis. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
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Axonometric of Site. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

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Main Entrance. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

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Inside, Adjaye Associates will collaborate with some of Ghana and Africa’s most celebrated artists to create bespoke adornments and furnishings. The Cathedral will contain a number of grand chapels; a baptistery; a two-level, 5000-seat auditorium; a vast central hall; a music school; choir facilites; an art gallery; a shop; and several multi-purpose halls. The building will also contain Africa’s first Bible Museum and Documentation Centre, which will educate visitors on the history of Christianity and nation-building in Ghana.

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Podium Entrance to Auditorium. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

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President Akufo-Addo also announced the creation of a new ceremonial route and landscape that will connect the Cathedral to the capital’s most important landmarks including Independence Square, Osu Cemetery, the State House and Africa Unity Circle.

“It is an immense honour to be granted the opportunity to contribute something of this scale and import to my home country,” commented Adjaye at the unveiling event. “I have sought to craft a building that not only understands its landscape but one that will be unique to Accra and the Ghanaian Nation.”

News via Adjaye Associates.