The Urban Skyfarm is a vertical farm design proposal for a site located in downtown Seoul, inspired by Dr. Dickson Despommier’s original concept of “The Vertical Farm.”
The Urban Skyfarm by Aprilli Design Studio has just won a major design award, is 160m high, with over 144,000 square meters of green space.
It mainly hosts local food production and distribution while at the same time contributes to the improvement of local environmental quality through water, air filtration and renewable energy production.
According to the designers: The bio mimicry of the tree form gives many structural and environmental advantages to form a light weight efficient space frame which could host diverse farming activities. The four major components which are the root, trunk, branch and leaf each have their own spatial characteristics which are suitable for various farming conditions. While the upper portions provide open to air farming decks for medium based vegetations, the lower portions enclosed by the structural skin provide more controlled environments for solution based leafy productions. During daytime the photovoltaic panels generate electricity to be used for night time lighting and heating to support farming. The Urban Skyfarm creates a mini ecosystem which brings balance back to the urban community.