vincent callebaut architectures : 'dragonfly' vertical farm concept in nyc
may 18, 2009
vincent callebaut architectures : 'dragonfly' vertical farm concept in nyc


‘dragonfly’ vertical farm concept by vincent callebaut architectures
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belgian firm vincent callebaut architectures have 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 city 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.


‘dragonfly’ vertical farm concept
image courtesy vincent callebaut architectures


‘dragonfly’ vertical farm concept
image courtesy vincent callebaut architectures


‘dragonfly’ vertical farm concept
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to ensure the social diversity and a permanent life cycle (24h/24) in the tower, the mixed programmation is mainly laid out around two poles of housing and work places. around housings, offices and research laboratories as well as the most private to the most public agricultural and leisure spaces are designed in 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.


‘dragonfly’ vertical farm concept
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‘dragonfly’ vertical farm concept
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a completely self sufficient vertical farm
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organic exostructure intergrating solar and wind renewable energies
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‘dragonfly’ vertical farm concept – model studies
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interior view of gardenhouse between the two dragonfly wings
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bioloft concept for the urban gardner
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programmatic sections
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project info:

 

program : a metabolic farm for urban agriculture / mixing uses
location : new york city, roosevelt island
surface area : 350.000 m≤
heights : antenna=700m; roof=600m; top floor=575m
floor count : 132
agricultural fields : 28
model studies : philippe steels
perspectives : benoit patterlini

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