LEAF Space Farm

LEAF Space Farm is based on smart farming technology tested on Earth. Smart farming tackles the issue of farming in urban context with the aim to mimic ecosystem for transforming waste into food. We are facing a similar problem on the Moon. The technology is based the symbiosis relationships between four elements – Fish, Fungi, Insect and Vegetable. For example, water cycle is recreated here when grey water from space residence enters the space farm and it is filtrated by the vegetable sector and the resulting water can be fed to the fish or insect sector. Similar cycles are possible for carbon dioxide, ammonia and phosphates from human waste to turn into carbohydrates, fat and protein for the food consumption of the astronauts. LEAF relies on solar energy to power its cycles. In order to feed 100 astronauts, 5000 square meters will be required considering energy requirement of the astronauts and the inefficiency of lunar farming.

Concept Proposal

As a research of food quantity to be produced per day, the project program areas were referenced by indoor sustainable farm on Earth with the adjusting space suitably to the moon condition.

Program Arrangement

 The program space were arranged on the terrain as the programs that require no light will be placed underground.


Construction Proposal

Collaborative Workflows

Computational design tools and Building Information Modeling (BIM)

This process of using Revit is part of BIM Smart Construction module of MaCad program where the workflow of transferring data between Rhino to Revit or Revit to Rhino that have majorly involved with Rhino.Inside Revit. For the tools, the design was modelled by Grasshopper to simulate and optimize the geometry, while the second process of transferring and modeling geometry with data were involved with Rhino.Inside component in grasshopper. In this project, LEAF Luna Enhancement and Agricultural Farming, the idea of create BIM workflow is essentially needed as the project is aiming to be built on the moon so all the elements need to have data and location specifically indicated, so Revit became our main tools for adding parameters and help visualizing data from different aspects. Moreover, by using Rhino.Inside helping us to parametrically modify object families, levels, and other elemental ID related such as materials and object types.

Project Finale

LEAF Application for  Space Farm Configuration on the Moon


For further information:

See Project A1 Drawings

See Project Presentation pdf

LEAF is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
developed in the Master in Advance Computation in Architecture and Design | Integrative Modeling 2020/21
by Students: Alexander tong, Dongyub Lee, Nawapan Suntorachai
Faculty: David Andres Leon, Oana Taut