romses architects: harvest green project, vancouver romses architects: harvest green project, vancouver
may 06, 2009

romses architects: harvest green project, vancouver

harvest green project, vancouver by romses architects image courtesy romses architects

the ‘harvest green project’ by romses architects was a winning entry in a recent competition held by the city of vancouver ‘the 2030 challenge’ to address climate change plans and to guide greener and denser development, reducing carbon emissions for the future.

the concept of ‘harvest’ is explored in the project through the vertical farming of vegetables, herbs, fruits, fish, egg laying chickens, and a boutique goat and sheep dairy facility. in addition, renewable energy will be harvested via green building design elements harnessing geothermal, wind and solar power. the buildings have photovoltaic glazing and incorporate small and large-scale wind turbines to turn the structure into solar and wind-farm infrastructure. in addition, vertical farming potentially adds energy back to the grid via methane generation from composting non-edible parts of plants and animals. furthermore, a large rainwater cistern terminates the top of the ‘harvest tower’ providing on-site irrigation for the numerous indoor and outdoor crops and roof gardens.

while the harvest green project supports the city mandate for compact mixed-use communities in and around transit hubs, it further enhances the mixed-use programming to include urban farming as a reaffirmation of the importance of the connection of food to our culture and daily life. in addition to food and energy harvesting, the proposal purposefully incorporates program uses for residential, transit, a large farmers market and supermarket, office and agricultural research and educational facilities, and food related retail/hospitality. the result will be a highly dynamic synergy of uses that compliment and support each other.

harvest green project image courtesy romses architects

harvest green project image courtesy romses architects

harvest green project image courtesy romses architects

harvest green project image courtesy romses architects

harvest green project – sections image courtesy romses architects

harvest green project – sections image courtesy romses architects

  • I love the design. The only thing I would change is from Horizontal axis wind generator to Vertical axis wind generator. Less harm to birds and less stress on wind generator. The wind shifts directions too much in urban enviroments.

    Bryan Horner says:
  • People living near animals…in the city? First place to be evacuated when there’s another swine flu… Neat idea though- trying to tackle so much!

    Myra says:
  • loving the graphics<3

    onmu says:
  • @Myra, The name doesn’t cover the payload. Swines have nothing to do with “the swine flu”. Also, putting people & animals together ain’t that bad. In this way, people will get the real value of these animals, the respect will grow.

    Ntone.be says:
  • wonderful this is the right kind of architecture that i always imagine in my brain.

    hahaha says:
  • Just because it looks good doesn’t mean it will work well… see [url=http://punkrockpermaculture.com/2008/12/29/vertical-farmingmaking-history-or-making-hype/]punkrockpermaculture[/url]

    First of all, many of the vertical farming set ups I’ve seen are extremely energy intensive. Second, if we take the monoculture we’ve been experiencing outside with big agri-business and then put it inside we’ve gone nowhere. Third, in what way are these systems connected to the greater ecology of a region?

    gaia punk says:
  • The best place for grow plants and animals is the country. I don’t see like green put to grow animals in a city.

    ESA says:

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