Here are some images of a concept vertical farm intended for London. It’s great to see more architects trying to find ways to integrate food production into residential structures but there are still many questions that need to be answered before ideas like this project can become a reality. In residential structures, one of the main challenges is going to be ensuring that either all of the residents participate in the food production and harvesting of the crops in their building themselves, or hire workers to do it. Either way, the costs and the organizational systems that are required for a project like this have not evolved yet. Nevertheless, I do like the design and its great to read about the intentions of the architects to build a self-sufficient structure.
The plant covered honeycomb tower combines a vertical farm and residential building with a mini self-sufficient eco-system. The London Tower Farm stores roof captures rainwater for hydroponic cultivation, showers and toilets. It also generates renewable energy from wind-turbines and solar power, and grows food for its residents in the building’s inner core.