belgian firm vincent callebaut architectures has designed a vertical farm based on the wings of a dragonfly. located along the east river at the south edge of rooselvelt island in new york, the tower is a true living organism being self sufficient in water, energy and bio fertilizing. spanning 132 floors and 600 vertical meters, the dragonfly can accommodate 28 different agricultural fields for the production of fruit, vegetables, grains, meat and dairy.
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to ensure the social diversity and a permanent life cycle (24h/24) in the tower, the mixed program is mainly laid out around two poles of housing and work places. around housings, offices and research laboratories are gardens, kitchen gardens, orchards, meadows, rice fields, farms, and suspended fields. the distribution of flows is made around a true safe spine spreading in loop the numerous elevators, the goods elevators and stair wells serving all the levels by separating simultaneously the inputs and the outputs recycled from plants, animals and human beings.
program: a metabolic farm for urban agriculture / mixing uses
location: new york city, roosevelt island
surface area: 350,000 sqm
heights: antenna: 700m, roof: 600m, top floor: 575m
floor count: 132
agricultural fields: 28
model studies: philippe steels
perspectives: benoit patterlini