Gallery: Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm is a Self-Sufficient Mini Ecosy...

 
Busy little London bees might love a chance to live in this green building set alongside the Thames and the London bridge, but it's actually meant for humans. Covered in foliage, this honeycomb tower is part vertical farm and part residential building combined to create a mini eco system. Fully self-sufficient, the London Tower Farm proposal by Mexican firm Xome Arquitectos collects its own rainwater, generates energy, and grows food for residents in the center of the building.

Xome Arquitectos began their design based on the premise that by 2050 more than 70% of the world’s population will live in an urban environment. If this comes to fruition as expected, vertical farming will become a necessary strategy to feed urban residents. Xome also wanted to design a place where people could participate in multiple activities like shopping, working, living and recreation. Their proposal for the London Tower Farm, through the LOFT AWR 2011 design competition, is a honeycomb-like tower with apartments around the perimeter and growing levels in the center.

The tower’s facade was based on the strategy of carbon, life’s building block with the atomic number of 6. The building’s basic block is a hexagon that is repeated up the tower and serves as the apartments’ windows to the world. Renewable energy systems on the roof generate power for the building, while rainwater is collected and used for hydroponics, showers and toilets. Food is grown in the center of the tower, so residents can easily access the growing areas and be a part of the farm. The resulting fruits and vegetables are for the residents as well as for sale to the general public. Plants spill over the windows and balconies adding even more life to the verdant building.

+ Xome Arquitectos

Via ArchDaily

Images ©Efecto Veintiuno

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


5 Comments

  1. dssfd December 14, 2012 at 5:06 am

    it’s a good idea

  2. Solea Leon September 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I agree with Greg Peters…so many wonderful IDEAS…so little
    applied reality. The way the world is going…the great ideas of the present may never catch up with future reality…If there is a future!

  3. Param September 4, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Were any permaculturists involved in this design? How do the lower growing areas get light? What happens to all the dead and decomposing leaves and plants? How do you harvest a vertical crop with a multi-storey drop below you?

  4. gregpeters September 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I love reading Inhabitat. I lover reading news about new, greener structures, new designs, new implementation of renewable energy. This post is amazing, but reminds me of one of my huge pet peeves about Inhabitat. I really wish the headlines (and often the text itself) would not use the present tense for things that do not yet, and might never, exist. Even the future tense would be inappropriate. Please, Inhabitat writers, embrace the subjunctive for possible future projects:

    “Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm [could be or would be or might be a] Self-Sufficient Mini Ecosystem for London”

    To say that it is IS anything is frustrating because it does not exist. An alternative, if the present tense is preferred, is to speak clearly, in headlines as well as detailed content, about what the DESIGN is… not the structure.

    Doubtless this seems a bit silly, but it drives me nuts, and happens on Inhabitat nearly daily.

  5. tzp September 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

    First of all nice work allthough i would personaly prrefer a not so obvius honeycomb shape . Just some alternation never felt wrong .
    The idea of these self sufficient , and autonomous buildings is growing from year to year .
    But i’ve always wondered , if they just give more lifetime to the dissharmony of urban anomaly .
    I mean , will these new kind of structures -beyond the obvious benefits they really do applicate – give finaly the alabi , to further grow the tumor of “was-modern” urban height-Babel ?
    How come , lands as the U.S. land , with furius storms and terrorist envy , still continue to think “high and compact” .
    With all the respect , sometimes even art people , should start to try to influence their clients , and the public , to focus on spreading the towns , in low height & fast transporting , instead .
    Co-operate with other sciences to make a new vision for the architecture ideal purpose , and then spread it , and inevest for the new centuries needs .
    Make the cores of of the old cities gardens , and self-sustained food production units , and spread around it with a completely different living model .

    Thanks .
    Akis Tzoulis .
    tzoulis.pro@gmail.com

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home