vincent callebaut architectures: dragonfly vertical farm concept in new york
vincent callebaut architectures: dragonfly vertical farm concept in new york vincent callebaut architectures: dragonfly vertical farm concept in new york
may 18, 2009

vincent callebaut architectures: dragonfly vertical farm concept in new york


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.

dragonfly vertical farmall images courtesy of vincent callebaut architectures



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.

dragonfly vertical farm

dragonfly vertical farm

dragonfly vertical farm

dragonfly vertical farm



project info:


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





  • looks like Microsoft designed it.

    amegaman says:
  • oh my!

    a.e. says:
  • Star wars 🙂

    tapod says:
  • This is insane

    K&TG says:
  • too complication ….

    lavender says:
  • hmmm….
    what is the go with the form???
    Just because the ideas revolve around environmental systems, shouldn’t mean that the form needs to be derived from biomimicry. It pushes the ideas on sustainability into the realm of fantasy instead of being realistic and achieveable to implement now.

    perma says:
  • perma: this isn’t even biomimicry, its a joke of a project.

    There are numerous great examples of a biomimicry approach, however they’re based not on a one-liner scaling up of how a biological form LOOKS, but rather adapting how a biological form or organism WORKS.

    This is just fancy commercial rendering of a dumbed-down and blown-up shape/pattern, plain and simple. And to copy Emergent’s SCIArc project title “Dragonfly” (a far more sophisticated structural/architectural adaptation of the structural efficiency of a dragonfly wing) is pathetic and shameful at best.

    unconvinced says:
  • The biomimicry is something that should make humans more comfortable. It looks like a good design, the height doesnt look to stable though

    J-man says:
  • this is horrid in shape – reminds of a local philadelphia firm who made a building look like a boat. and, has “green” architecture become a full-on joke now? It’s amazing…you say green and everyone creams.

    alisabet says:
  • take a basic class in urban planning & learn how this proposal is wrong in so many ways.

    garth n. says:
  • this may be appropriate for dubai, where there are no restrictions on architectural scale & glitz.

    garth n. says:
  • Thaks to Designboom here´s an example of what in Theory of Design is called Styling.

    It sends a message, like a poem, using shape, about the powerfull looking after the fragile.

    Rui says:
  • the architect should have met CA Doxiadis before his concept morning!

    Ahmed says:
  • Never going to happen.

    Rob says:

    CMYK says:
  • why?

    pinkright says:
  • Vincent, Bravo.
    Few people are dreaming like you.
    We need you to move ahead of our small world.
    please built it!

    herve says:

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