‘The James Latham Prize For Innovative Timber Engineering’ 2021 Nominee
‘Feix And Merlin Architects Prize’ 2021 Nominee
‘Chalk Architecture Award’ 2021 Nominee
Architects Journal (AJ ) Prize 2021 Nominee
Waste House Award for Circular Design 2021 Nominee
It is estimated 68% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This means that the current mega cities will need to evolve and encompass new and growing industries and the needs of the people it feeds off. To improve the city by allowing it to evolve in a sustainable manner, we must analyze the current state and perception of the city.
The intentions, operations, and contents of a city should fabricate and lead the surrounding area, alongside the world in tackling the key issues facing the global population, as a shared responsibility is the only path to achieving sustainability targets, to reverse climate change, and finally protect our planet.
Southern view of the Sandwich Forum amongst the Eastern Cluster (Photography courtesy of KPF Architects) (caption from above)
17th Century grain markets shaped the streets of London with longstanding names such as Cheapside, Cornhill, and Bread Street. However, food is no longer at the centre of the city, it is expected quickly and with little consideration of process or origin.
The timber-framed Sandwich Forum holds all the necessary functions to grow, harvest, package, and sell sandwiches to 1/5 of the city of London’s workers per week, that is 100,000 sandwiches! Within the building, there are 24 aquaponic circular wheat fields (30,000m²) to produce bread and 20 floors of observable hydroponic rotating growing pods (60,000m²), where leafy greens and other vegetables are grown (see full menu in portfolio). The sandwiches are available to go or to enjoy on one of the many public platforms.
Western view of the Sandwich Forum down Lombard Street (Photography courtesy of KPF Architects) caption from above
The structure embodies this project manifesto through the use of CLT floorplates alongside a strong glulam core and exoskeleton, all of which are strengthened by steel cross-braced secondary structures throughout. This tower is intended to provide locally (in-house) grown food to the public while encouraging the pace of city life to pause momentarily using farming and green spaces.
Section of The Sandwich Forum highlighting the programme caption from above
Vertical technical section of The Sandwich Forum 1:20 caption from below