The Living Machine - Lohmuhlen Island as an Autonomous Living Machine © Shirley Wong

The Living Machine - Lohmuhlen Island as an Autonomous Living Machine

Shirley Wong

Mackintosh School of Architecture

Project Description

The thesis is a response to the polluted waterways of the Landwehr Canal in Berlin, resulting from cultural eutrophication. The effects of high nitrogen content waterways have caused a significant decline in aquatic species over time.

The Lohmühlen Living Machine is an island made up of natural and artificial methods of water remediation; an aquaponics production system, consumption sites and designed landscaping. Living machines are artificially designed ecosystems, which break down organic waste using complex networks of living beings.

The site of Lohmühlen Island signifies the beginning of the Landwehr Canal where it splits from the River Spree. The gateway island is proposed as a testing bed for a place of production, as it was historically.

The architecture in response becomes a clean, controlled environment with natural elements inhabiting within. The concept of the Living Machine can be replicated in sites of pollution in proximity to fresh water.