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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:40

Apartments geared for urban farming

Imagine growing fresh produce inside a city apartment. Well, in a design by Weston Baker Creative Group, this is exactly the idea.

With an outlook that design is a process of understanding and innovative problem solving, the creative design agency has designed a Hybrid Farm Apartment Building that twists according to the sun to facilitate urban farming. The concept is a new building type specifically developed for cities, offering farm space for local grown produce as well as residences.

Catching sun
The proposed concrete-based shaft structure is topped with a massive glass enclosure, of which the clever geometry accommodates the angle of the sun throughout the day. Only the top of the building sees the morning sun because of the height of the surrounding buildings. As the sun comes across the sky to the west, the twisting building evenly distributes daylight throughout the day.

The farm terraces stretch across ten floors and are accessible by residents of the apartments on each floor.

Placed in context
Situated next to the High Line in West Side Manhatten, New York City, a public park built on a historic, elevated freight rail line, this particular hybrid farm design addresses the local conditions of its surrounds and positions the building within the general context of architecture in the area. The public observation garden on the top floor and the art gallery on the second floor are both accessible from the High Line.

The High Line in itself is inherently a green structure that repurposes a piece of outdated industrial infrastructure as a public area.

Functioning essentially like a green roof, the High Line landscape has porous pathways that contain open joints so water can drain between planks and wet adjacent planting beds, cutting down on the amount of storm water that runs off the site into the sewer system. Its planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew during the 25 years after trains stopped using the rail line, with a big focus on native species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to Weston Baker Creative Group, Inhabitat and Friends of the High Line for the information given to write this article.

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