OMA designs master plan for Food Port in West Louisville, US

23 February 2015 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2015 18:30)

Dutch architecture firm OMA has created a master plan for Food Port in West Louisville, US, which will be a centralised facility for growing, selling and distributing foods for local farmers.

Dutch architecture firm OMA has created a master plan for Food Port in West Louisville, US, which will be a centralised facility for growing, selling and distributing foods for local farmers.

The master plan proposes to regenerate a 24-acre vacant plot located on a former tobacco plant at 30th St, between Market St and Muhammad Ali Blvd.

OMA will work with non-profit organisation Seed Capital Kentucky to transform the disused plant into a mixed use project to make it an economic and community hub.

"The diversity of programme reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet."

OMA's partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu said: "The diversity of programme reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet."

"The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighbourhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating."

OMA's master plan seeks to integrate several key programme stages of the food chain, including a kitchen incubator, urban farm, recycling facility and programmes.

The phases will engage directly with the public via classrooms, demonstration farm and local retail outlets.

Food Port will feature outdoor spaces such as a market plaza, food truck plaza and an edible garden, while the building will be designed with future systematic expansion in mind.

The project is expected to require an investment of $50m and generate 200 new jobs in the region.

Groundbreaking on the project is planned for later this year, and the businesses will open in phases.