FISH - a land based salmon farm in Oslo

by Anders Haagaas Grinde from Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
Tutored by: Jan Olav Jensen

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The project investigates a new industrial typology - a self-reliant facility for food production, connecting all the steps from breeding to processing into one single line.

The biggest challenges in sea based fish farming are coming from external factors in the sea, resulting in diseases, stress from handling and sorting, pollution from fish waste, and bad health among its passive population. These are the issues that the project wants to address.

The scheme is based on a passive handling system that makes the fish swim through the phases by itself. The circular tanks are placed slightly off center of each other, making the section of the tank vary along the loop, creating different water flow velocities throughout the tanks and making the fish do interval training as it swims, increasing the condition factor and health of the livestock.

A steel construction spans across the tanks as the roof of the structure, carrying all of the technical infrastructure needed to operate the production hall. The structure also carries footbridges, giving visual control of all parts of the facility and connecting the different parts of the production line.

As an elevated path, a visitor centre is stretching through all of the different phases of production. It is not only thought of as another attraction in the city, but also as an element of transparency, ensuring food safety, animal welfare and the education of food production, creating a new relationship to what we eat.

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