Thesis Project, topic: „Towards Post-industrial Architecture: Dynamic Revitalization of Toronto Grain Elevators”
This thesis will examine one of the widely discussed topics in today’s architecture: adaptive reuse of post industrial buildings. The research part of this paper will focus on the redevelopment of the post industrial buildings with primary focus on grain elevators located in historically and socially significant areas. The research methods used include literary reviews, case studies and design experimentation. The design portion of the research explores biomimetic approach to solve future needs regarding transformation of program and form over time. The design proposes an algorithmic script defining external additions based on the surrounding environment. The attracting and negating factors are assigned by the designer and drive the growth of the additional external space. Internal space division design proposes a lightweight adjustable truss floor system. Internal and external systems are interconnected. They are designed with future expansion in mind, and allow for the ease of replacement and upgrade as the building use evolves.