In Kuwait, oil refineries are both a significant piece of infrastructure and an important part of the country’s industrial heritage. The project has explored the potential of oil refineries in a post oil era, proposing a four-phase adaptable process for Shuiaba refinery as a case study. Through partial deconstruction, research and site remediation, the refinery is transformed into a vertical farming site, adapting to a new era of sustainable production. The three key words of the project were: Adaptable process, Flexible architecture and Plug-in and play architecture.
Phase one of the project is partial deconstruction which means removing all the machines and the hazards chemicals out of the site. And repair the structure and the site to host the plug-in units.
Phase two is research and studies where laboratory units will be interduce to the site for the scientist and the researchers to conduct information about the toxic levels and propose solutions.
Phase three is site remediation by creating a grid of plants that treats the soil and take the contaminates out of it as a new method for sustainable remediating the refinery site.
Phase four is the final transformation from an oil refinery into vertical farming site for food production and opining the refinery to the general public to preserve Kuwait’s industrial heritage.
The units are designed to be plugged-in to the refinery original building system where the existing water pipes and the electricity are attached to the new unit and operate it. The intention of the project was to protect the refineries in Kuwait by showing the flexibility and the ability of the structure to adapt to change through different programs(functions) and different periods in the timeline.