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Joe Mihanovic

Joe Mihanovic

San Luis Obispo, CA, US

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Hamtramck Algae Farm

The Hamtramck Algae Farm is a community-owned algae-harvesting center and research lab located at the site of an abandoned parking lot in Hamtramck, Michigan (a small, economically-depressed township located within the Detroit area; well-known for being one of the only majority-Muslim towns in the US).  The algae farm is intended as an economic impetus for the area - achieved by harvesting algae in ETFE bags in its facade and converting it to biomass to be used as a potential (cleaner-burning) energy source, as well as cooking oils and other experimental products which show promise.  

The project’s form is driven by the common conception of algae as a dirty, unwanted waste product.  This concept is mirrored in the algae farm by a triangulating, tesselated “virus” that latches unto the building and ruptures its facade on each face.  Interior walls deform to accommodate this disruption, and the internal organization is driven by the centrality of the CO2 capture tank and a circulatory apparatus that connects diagonally and across the building to connect to different points of interest within the building.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Hamtramck, MI, US
My Role: I completed this project with my partner, Georgina Bowman; although I worked on it subsequent to our completion of the project, and all the images I have shown here are completely my own.

 
CO2 Capture Tank view
CO2 Capture Tank view
Interior Atrium view
Interior Atrium view
North Elevation
North Elevation
South Elevation
South Elevation
East Elevation
East Elevation
West Elevation
West Elevation
Longitudinal Section A-A
Longitudinal Section A-A
Cross Section B-B
Cross Section B-B
Cross Section C-C
Cross Section C-C
Serial Section D-D
Serial Section D-D
Floor Plans
Floor Plans
Exploded Axon
Exploded Axon
Chunk Section
Chunk Section
Chunk Elevation
Chunk Elevation
Chunk Axon
Chunk Axon
Chunk Axon Exploded
Chunk Axon Exploded
Structure study model
Structure study model
Structure study model
Structure study model
Architectural model
Architectural model
Architectural model
Architectural model
Architectural model
Architectural model