Moyo Waterfront Restaurant and Urban Farm in Cape Town, South Africa
Restaurant and Urban Farm uses aquaponic farming systems to raise fish and vegetables in concert for fine, fresh dining.
Via Tsai Design Studio: Moyo Waterfront Restaurant + Urban Farm
Oct 6, 2013
Combining architecture with agriculture, the new development ‘Moyo’ by South African Firm Tsai Design Studio features a two storey restaurant and open air market. Located at the V&A Waterfront on Cape Town’s historic working harbor, the site is a major tourist destination with over 23 million visitors per year. The project sought to tell a story through food and the full cycle it goes through, from preparation to plate. The theatrical display of food in all its stages informs the the overall layout;
starting with produce growth, the trading of it as a commodity, the culinary experience of cooking and preparation, consumption and finally as organic waste that can be used as fertilizer, completing the cycle.
The market stalls consist of a cluster of prefabricated, flexible modular units that can be adapted to each tenant’s requirements. Arranged around the main arcade, their formation creates small intimate streets, like that of a traditional african souk. The area is sheltered by a series of solar panels, that power the stalls during the day and act as a shading space from the heat of the sun.