aprilli design studio urban skyfarm designboom
design studio aprilli has presented prototypical plans for a vertical farm to be built adjacent to the cheonggyecheon stream in downtown seoul, korea. the vertical farm, located within the city’s heavily populated central business district, would support local food production while simultaneously contributing to the improvement of environmental quality through water, air filtration and renewable energy output.

aprilli design studio urban skyfarm designboom
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through elevating the primary source of food production, vegetation gains more exposure from sunlight and air, freeing up open public spaces at ground level. conceived as a ‘giant tree’, comprised of four major components – the root, trunk, branch and leaf – the structure’s lightweight form has many environmental advantages and is capable of hosting a diverse range of farming activities. the lower sections of the tree, enclosed by the design’s structural skin, provide more controlled environments for solution based productions.

aprilli design studio urban skyfarm designboom
the scheme is conceived as a ‘giant tree’, comprised of four major components – the root, trunk, branch and leaf

 

 

during daytime, photovoltaic panels generate electricity that can be used during night time for lighting and heating. the urban skyfarm creates its own mini ecosystem which brings balance back to the urban community. the tree-like form creates a strong iconic figure in the prominent location, standing as a symbol of sustainable development. together with the cheonggyecheon stream, the urban skyfarm will become a destination where local people, as well as visitors, can find fresh food in an oasis at the heart of the city.

aprilli design studio urban skyfarm designboom
the project positioned adjacent to seoul’s cheonggyecheon stream

aprilli design studio urban skyfarm designboom
the lower sections of the tree provide more controlled environments for solution based productions

aprilli design studio urban skyfarm designboom
through elevating the primary source of food production, vegetation gains more exposure from sunlight and air

aprilli design studio urban skyfarm designboom
the tree-like form creates a strong silhouette in a prominent location, standing as a symbol for sustainable development