Hero MotoCorp, the world's largest two wheeler motorcycle manufacturer based in India, recently built a factory that combines vehicle manufacturing with sustainable technology. This paradoxical mixture is embodied in the new facility, designed by William McDonough + Partners [WM+P], and aims to bring nature and technology together.
The Garden Factory consists of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan in India. The buildings boast photovoltaic panels producing 1.5 Megawatts of electricity, waste heat recovery systems, skylights, LED lighting and a bio-wall that uses vegetation to filter contaminants and supplement oxygen.
The complex also includes a visitor center, viewing mezzanine and tower. Rows of greenhouses on the roof are meant to support experimentation in different forms of food production, including hydroponics. This food source is expected to supply the factory’s canteen and eventually the local community. The landscape vegetation includes native, drought tolerant plants, while vegetated roof surfaces capture rainwater and provide shading for the roof. This provides a 20 percent reduction in air conditioning requirements.
The new factory is expected to generate or harvest electricity from solar energy, irrigation water and carbon dioxide for vegetation, among other types of sustainable techniques.