This greenery filled <a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/Research/DesignResearch/Nottingham/200708TallGreenDavidNicholsonColeStudio/DesignResponses/BeehiveTower/tabid/879/language/en-GB/Default.aspx">Beehive Tower</a> for Heron Quay, London is a <a href="http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/spiral-garden-is-a-lacy-mesh-vertical-farm-for-the-city/">vertical farm</a> inspired by the hexagonal forms of the honeycomb. Designed by Rory Newel & Lucy Richardson, the 220m high ‘Hive' is a place for green thumbs to reside and to cultivate
all kinds of plants, especially edible ones. The structure features a number of sustainable systems such as an army of <a href="http://www.energy/wind">wind</a> turbines that sits atop it and a rainwater collection system to water the crops within it.
The aim of the Beehive Tower is to provide the Canary Wharf community of city dwellers a place to garden and live.
The tower's hexagonal <a href="http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/spiral-garden-is-a-lacy-mesh-vertical-farm-for-the-city/">mega structural lattice</a> contains greenhouse spaces that also serve as a place for people to meet and socialize.
Each hexagon is 8 stories high and contains 8 duplex apartments.
A number of the hex cavities are dedicated to gardening and face in different directions so that each element gets a fair share of sun.
Atop the tower, fourteen Quiet Revolution QR12 turbines collect enough <a href="http://www.energy/wind">wind</a> to generate 420,000kWh a year.
In addition, rainwater collection and permaculture systems would make the watering needs of the tower sustainable.
An east west residential section of a portion of the tower.
The tower has multiple uses as a residence, farm and meeting space.
A ground floorplan of the tower.
A section view of the hive tower.
This greenery filled Beehive Tower for Heron Quay, London is a vertical farm inspired by the hexagonal forms of the honeycomb. Designed by Rory Newel & Lucy Richardson, the 220m high ‘Hive' is a place for green thumbs to reside and to cultivate...