With land costs skyrocketing in cities, it’s more important than ever to take creative space-saving approaches to urban design. That’s why design studio Salt & Water created the ambitious Eco Barge, a multifunctional floating greenhouse that generates clean energy and grows organic food on the Danube River. In addition to producing energy and food, the floating structure could also serve as a platform for education and community building.
Salt & Water designed the conceptual Eco Barge as an eco-friendly learning hub for the citizens of Belgrade. The floating structure comprises a greenhouse with vertical gardens on one end and a small building on the other. Solar panels and wind turbines generate renewable energy and power a water-efficient irrigation system that provides moisture to the plants using recycled water.
“This eco barge was designed as a place where citizens of Belgrade could get acquainted with vertical gardens, special kinds of irrigation systems and alternative ways of growing organic food in urban areas with usually limited space,” wrote the designers.
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