Situated on the south bank of the river Thames is Brandon Martella’s “London Farm Tower,” a sustainable building concept that can actually cultivate 1.5 million pounds of fresh produce per year! Offering a way to combat urbanization and diminishing agricultural lands, the London Farm Tower operates much like a tree, depending on solar energy and rain water to grow and survive.
Like many other green architecture designs, the London Farm Tower features vertical agricultural space and is designed to meet energy and food requirements from within. Fresh produce can be grown regardless of seasonal changes, or natural disasters such as drought, and CO2 emissions are reduced because tractors and other vehicles are not required to transport goods.
What’s more, the London Farm Tower harvests wind via turbines around the perimeter of the building; this also contributes to natural ventilation throughout the structure. Its hydroponic floors recycle humid greenhouse air by collecting condensated water on the interior of the ETFE pillows, and gravity brings the water down through the hydroponic racks. The tower also boasts around-the-clock UV lights for efficient produce growth, and an agricultural capacity of one million cubic feet. In fact, the London Farm Tower has the ability to meet 20 percent of London’s food demands!
Martella’s vertical farm tower isn’t all about produce, however. About 100,000 square meters are dedicated to residential space. Residents receive social benefits including education and employment as well as labs, cafes and markets.
The London Farm Tower was conceived for the AWR LOFT 2011 competition.