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London Farm Tower: Sustainable Skyscraper Could Meet 20 Percent of City’s Food Demand

Posted By Katherine Vong On August 2, 2011 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,gallery,Gardening,Solar Power,Sustainable Building,Vertical Garden | 4 Comments


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Like many other green architecture [5] 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 [6]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 [7] 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 [8] 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 [9].

+ AWR [10]


Via Evolo [11]


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[3] sustainable building : http://www.inhabitat.com/architecture

[4] solar energy: http://inhabitat.com/?s=solar+energy

[5] green architecture: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/

[6] CO2 emissions : http://inhabitat.com/?s=co2+emissions

[7] hydroponic: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=hydroponic

[8] vertical farm tower: http://inhabitat.com/the-oasis-tower-a-helical-vertical-farm-for-dubai/

[9] AWR LOFT 2011 competition: http://www.awrcompetitions.com/competition/2/loft-london-farm-tower

[10] + AWR: http://www.awrcompetitions.com/

[11] Evolo: http://www.evolo.us/architecture/sustainable-architecture-farm-tower-in-london/

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