London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart


London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Faeces, electric eels and fruit would power conceptual communities designed by Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Catrina Stewart.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

The City Farmhouse project proposes housing communities on stilts above clusters of public toilets, where visitors would be required to donate faeces and urine on arrival.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Electricity would be generated from methane gas released when the harvested excrement is broken down.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Faeces and urine could also be used to produce compost and water for community gardens.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Streetlights would be powered by fruit acid and elevators would be powered by electric eels, kept as pets by residents.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

In 2009 Dutch designers Tjep designed a series of self-sufficient farms that reuse waste and could be scaled to accommodate a single inhabitant, a small community or an amusement park.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Other recent architecture graduate projects include an upside-down skyscraper and a tower that shoots artificial bees into the air - see all our stories about this years graduate shows here.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Here are some more details from Catrina Stewart:

London City Farmhouse

The City Farmhouse project is a prototype that looks at forming new self-sufficient communities, which integrate agriculture and housing within the city of London.

The Farmhouses and vertical colour gardens will be open to the public, and will rely on its colours and visitors to achieve self-sufficiency.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Visitors and residents will be expected to make a donation of faeces and urine when they visit the building. These will be used to produce water, compost and electricity for the Farmhouses. Methane gas released by the waste produced in biogas digesters can then be used directly or to produce electricity.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Without its public toilets the community would not be able to survive. The more visitors the building can attract the more power, food and water will be produced. New public toilets will be erected across the borough in order to collect human waste to power the Farmhouses. New communities will begin to grow around the more popular public toilets, creating new Farmhouses.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

The Farmhouse project explores the use of colour to attract people to the building and entice them into using the public toilets by using the same principles used for colour in marketing and advertising. Colours are therefore used less for their aesthetics and more for their functional properties.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Nothing in the Farmhouse is disposed of, everything is recycled and reused to fuel something else.  Old and new technologies are used to harness energy and food from almost anything, animals are no longer used for their meat but rather as a source of energy.

London City Farmhouse by Catrina Stewart

Cows are farmed for their methane gas, electric eels are kept as pets to power the elevators in the building and fruits are used to to power the street lights.

  • james

    Yeah! This made me feel happier.

  • Theo

    Fabulous graphics.


    building a city round public toilets is a great playfull concept [but we all know that there s no architect able to read more than 3 sentences ;)]
    and absolutely fabulous graphics and modells. i like :)

  • Delightful. Someones personality has managed to emerge despite the Bartletts thrall.

  • zee

    I would simply LOVE to see actual buildings looking / working like your wonderful drawings. Playing with imagination/dreams is a great gateway to change reality.

    Thank you!!

  • I saw this one on the summer show at UCL…. I fell in love with the graphical representation!!!! It's so colourful and happy!

  • nice fabelas

  • this possible the strangest building that i have seen but i can see us all hving to live like this in the furture.

  • I noticed the picture of the cow with the gas collection pipe in its bottom, that i saw at the summer show, has been tactfully excluded from this post….

  • Easy

    Looks a lot like Oogst Wonderland by Tjep.

  • tom

    damn straight it looks a lot like a the Tjep one. strikes me that it basically is the Tjep one, only the student seems to have rolled with Tjep’s ‘energy from waste’ concept abit more, and altered the graphics. Thing is the Tjep work is already prepared from aesthetic and social perspective based on work done by, which begs the question, apart from giving you something to do during your thesis project, why did it need to be redrawn? No doubt, regardless of this objectionable fleecing of anothers work, and based on your pretty pictures (which are very pretty and would make a very nice poster) you’ve qualified as a ‘master’ of architecture.

  • toad bernard

    still waiting for the bartlett to produce work that has serious enquiry into architecture & the city…..

  • adam

    How can this project be published when its an exact copy of Tjep's work, another Bartlett student blatantly copying professional work to gain a first?

  • Dave

    If this is an academic project for a masters degree, how on earth have you gotten away with this?!

  • luc

    What is the software used to make these visuals?

    • archigrad

      Three Dimensional Studio Maximum Design.