Monday, 18 May, 2009 Environment

Dragonfly - Green Vertical Farm for NYC


Vincent Callebaut Architects developed an incredible concept design of a vertical farm that resembles the wings of a dragonfly, which is why it was dubbed simply Dragonfly.

The concept is proposed to be built around the Southern bank of Roosevelt Island in New York City. It is worth mentioning that this is the Belgium studio's latest design that has the intention of easing the continuously increasing demand for ecological self-sufficiency in the megapolis.

According to the idea of the concept, the vertical farm will help develop agriculture, farming as well as provide renewable energy in an urban environment.

The farm will include 128 floors, being 700 meters high and expanding over two rectangle towers. Vincent Callebaut Architects says that its urban farm will feature enough space for housing, offices, laboratories and vertical farming. The latter would be very important in a densely packed region such as Manhattan.

The Dragonfly will be able to accommodate 28 various agricultural fields where people could cultivate fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and dairy. The concept of the building is 100 percent self-sufficient due to the fact that it can generate both solar and wind power.

Dragonfly's features two towers, each being 600 meters high. The towers are arranged around a large greenhouse that connects them. The greenhouse is made of glass and steel, thus making plant and animal farming possible. The glass and steel construction also allow preserving the nutrient levels of soil, reports World Architecture News.

The two wings of the vertical farm are developed to make use of solar energy. They accumulate warm air in the exo-structure throughout winter. With the help of natural ventilation along with evapo-perspiration from the plants, the building will be cooled throughout hot summer days. Outside there are vertical gardens that filter rainwater, which is combined with domestic liquid waste. Then both are treated organically to be recirculated for farm use, maintaining and allocating nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

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