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  • the renaissance tower, trieste

    renaissance tower
    melbourne AUSTRALIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    dean DYSON: ‘The Renaissance Tower, Trieste’ recognises that in a world where natural resources are being stretched to the limits of human consumption the value of food and water becomes ever more important in world sustainability. In order to create ecological change first we must change. The proposal aims to suggest alternative methods for producing, experiencing and understanding agricultural industry combined through an array of innovative and alternative methods and processes. Through transformative and adaptive design, an industrial dockland wasteland is rehabilitated into a living, working landscape capable of reinventing and providing for a forgotten city.


    The notion ‘Edible Urbanism’ lead to a series of investigations and studies which saw the conception of a vertical living tower which utilises the full potential of an industrial landscape and shoreline location. The tower functions as a multidisciplinary machine creating, evaporating and condensing, providing the city of Trieste with a natural source for food and water. The production of agriculture is envisaged in a vertical state of tension where public meets private and the two become lost in world of expressive agriculture and artistic culture. The public are introduced into a growing world of creative arts where all aspects of arts are submerged in an almost surreal natural environment. The natural flow of oxygen permeating through the tower is utilised throughout the creative spaces and naturally ventilates the primary hanging theatre.

    The living tower aims to suggest a far more efficient way in which food production is not only carried out but also experienced and interacted with by the consumer.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    dD: The challenge of trying to create innovative and sustainable approaches in architecture as well as adoptable techniques which could be used in response to future and current climatic events was the primary influencing factor throughout this project.

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    dD: Scott Preston Cohen, peter zumthor, Farnan Findlay Architects, PUBLIC architecture, Marloes ten Bhömer.

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    dD: Tom Wiscombe, Roland Snooks, Marcelo Spina, 1stAveMachine

    Additional credits:
    Roy, Linda & Lee Dyson, Linda Fadda and Arthur Wood

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