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Beehive Tower is a Honeycomb Inspired Vertical Farm for London
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On October 25, 2010 @ 9:52 am In Architecture,Environment,Green Roof,Wind Power | 3 Comments
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 all kinds of plants, especially edible ones. The structure features a number of sustainable systems such as an army of wind 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 mega structural lattice  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 wind  to generate 420,000kWh a year. In addition, rainwater collection and permaculture systems would make the watering needs of the tower sustainable.
Via CTBUH 
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 mega structural lattice: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/11/spiral-garden-is-a-lacy-mesh-vertical-farm-for-the-city/
 wind: http://www.energy/wind
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