6 Story Vertical Farm Concept Designed To Combat Land Shortage
In response to the growing global population, studio NAB, has developed the ‘superfarm‘ concept as an alternative to traditional farming methods. As the name suggests, the project creates a building that focuses on the production of foods with a high nutritional value that can be consumed in addition to a healthy diet. The ‘superfarm’ also strives to recreate an ecosystem within an urban environment. Seaweed culture, beekeeping, insect farming, aquaponics and also various greenhouse cultivations and outdoor cultures are included in the scheme by the architect.
As a conceptual project, studio NAB‘s design has been imagined in the heart of a city on a river development in an effort to respond to scarcity of land. The 6 story proposal is designed to occupy a small 12m by 12m surface, with a height of 34m. Each level of the ‘superfarm’ is developed to increase in area as you ascend, therefore gaining the maximum floor area with minimum impact on the site. Each floor will house different functions, with the top floor comprising of a greenhouse with beehives and planting spaces. on the roof, solar panels and wind turbines provide energy to power the building.
In addition to producing a wide variety of highly nutritious foods, the ‘superfarm’ also aims to reduce travel distances of food and therefore restore the link between producers and consumers. Inhabitants will also gain easier access to these products by coming directly to the farm. Accessible from the footbridge, a direct sales area has been imagined as well as a storage area for dry goods and cold rooms for perishable goods.
Studio NAB’s concept also aspires to combat unemployment and revive the local economy on a neighborhood scale. The scheme also aims to create a collective awareness of the inhabitants and local partners around a common project of innovative and healthy urban agriculture. Thanks to the installation of wind turbines and solar panels, several kW/h can be produced daily to supply the heat production systems and to allow the ventilation and lighting of indoor production areas. Therefore, the building will produce it’s own power to operate and be completely energy self-sufficient.