Catrina Stewart, a graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture, has designed the ‘City Farmhouse’ which is an eco friendly structure with housing communities that rest on stilts atop multitude public toilets which actually power the premises. Upon entry of this unique building, the visitors are supposed to use the public toilets in order to contribute their urine and faeces which is then sent to special chambers where the excrement is broken down and methane gas is generated for providing electricity.
The excrement is further decomposed and used as compost and water for nourishing the gardens. Electric eels are kept as pets by the resident of the London City Farmhouse and are used to power elevators. Fruit acid is used for providing electricity to power streetlights.
The City Farmhouse project is a concept that demonstrates how communities can be self-sufficient in themselves within the city without being dependent on the city. The Farmhouse would be painted in attractive color, that would eventually lure visitors to visit the building and donate their urine and feces that would be fed to the biogas digesting chamber to release methane gas for producing ‘green and clean’ electricity.
Hence, the main element of the City Farmhouse would be the public toilets â the backbone of this sustainable structure. The Farmhouse would practice recycling to the core and nothing would be wasted. Animals would be reared on the premises for their excrement and not for their meat.
This is truly a novel concept in which human excrement is actually powering a structure in a sustainable fashion. The London City Farmhouse is a colorful and ‘green’ architectural wonder in the heart of the city.