A restaurant, vegetable garden and market all in one place? This is what France is calling the future of food consumption. Created by X-TU Architects, the futuristic market will be on display at the Milan Expo 2015.
The pavilion, which features an all-wood design, will have rolling ceilings and arches that are designed to mimic the French countryside. Vegetables and herbs will grow on the side of the building in hydroponic gardens, and will be used to feed the customers of the restaurant housed inside.
"At the time of short-circuit retail, [the project] reinterprets the market model," the architects said. "Once a place of exchange, tomorrow's market will be a place of production to be consumed on the spot." With decreased transport costs for the produce, decreased refrigeration and storage times, and less need for pesticides and herbicides, could this mean cheaper, more nutritious food for all? Could multiple markets in a row create the illusion of the French countryside in the middle of... Manhattan?
It's awesome. Yes. And it's the nice blend of repurposing old tech and new tech that we love. Will it work for our demanding societies? As a curiosity, perhaps - what is true is that vertical gardens in our higher density dwellings have most definitely arrived.
If only all community gardens were this delicious.