Vertical farming is about to get even more interesting with Urban SkyFarm, a vertical tree-like hydroponic farm that provides food and renewable energy for urban dwellers. Designed by Aprilli Design Studio, the project doubles as a community garden hub that allows city inhabitants to grow their own produce and participate in the production of food. Hundreds of lightweight farming decks are organized in a circular order and conditioned with optimal heating, lighting and moisturizing.
This living skyscraper can house over 1.5 million square feet of common space and has pathways and skybridges integrated into the design. These allow visitors to navigate through the maze of gardens, hydroponic decks and orchards.
The lower part of the structure is used as a processing plant and a water recycling facility, while the Skyfarm above it comprises 43,445 square feet of solar panels and wind turbines that provide clean energy required for the operation of the structure. The amount of produced energy would be enough to meet the Skyfarmâ€™s energy demands as well as those of another similar structure.
Architects at Aprilli Design Studio believe that, in light of drastic global population rise (by 3 billion by 2050), we should embrace concepts of large-scale vertical farming in urban environments, even though they look like something out of The Lord of the Rings fantasy novel.