Urban farming is a movement that brings fresh crops and greenery to cityscapes, but most are limited in space and most vertical farms tend to look like giant green houses or plant factories where the actual farming happens indoors. A new urban farm concept from Aprilli Design Studio is bringing the farms back to the outdoors.
The Urban Skyfarm uses lightweight decks to provide ample growing spaces to the sides of skyscrapers, making the entire structure look like a tree.
"Our version of the vertical farm was intended to become an independent, open-to-air structure which would be purely focusing on farming activities and sustainable functions such as generating renewable energy and performing air, and water filtration," said the project's architects, Steve Lee and See Yoon Park.
The farm's leaflike decks provide 24 acres of growing space for fruit trees and plants. In the "trunk" of the structure, there is an indoor hydroponic farm that houses greens, while the top of the skyscraper has solar panels and wind turbines that power the Skyfarm. It is also designed to capture rainwater to filter through a constructed wetland, then distributing it through a nearby stream.
The architects are envisioning the Skyfarm for downtown Seoul, South Korea.
"It seemed to be an ideal place to test out our prototype since the specific area is very dense and highly active and has been suffering for a long time by all sorts of environmental problems resulting from rapid urbanization," Lee and Park said.
They added that the space could house more than 5,000 fruit trees and could potentially help "resolve urban environmental issues such as air pollution, water run-off and heat island effects, and bringing back balance to the urban ecology."