Though vertical farming isn’t a far sought dream now, it’s about time the concept should be made commercially viable. The good news has it that Precht, an Austrian architectural design firm, has come up with timber skyscraper concept that facilitates modular housing with vertical farming. The idea, which was aimed to reconnect city life with farming, was curated by Chris Precht, the co-founder of Penda and his wife, Fei. Their proposed idea was to create modular houses that “may produce their own food”. Called, The Farmhouse – the concept is to initiate and inculcate sustainable living by allowing the residents to culture their own food – while reconnecting them with the “long-lost” art of food production.
The core of the design would be crafted using cross-laminated timber into prefabricated A-frame housing modules. These houses will have a farming facility so that people can grow their own food or share with the families of the neighborhood. The curators are of the belief that the idea will bridge the gap created between city-dwellers and nature through establishing a physical and mental connection. These spaces come equipped with an integrated system for electricity, insulation and structure plus an external layer that holds the unit's water supply and elements for gardening.
The concept meant for nuclear-families who can build their own “homes”, will offer personalized spaces that provide a plethora of unique facilities for kitchens and living quarters to bedrooms, balconies and gardens. According to Precht, the modules are designed in a way that allows them to operate together. So these different units containing different systems, works for harnessing electricity with solar equipment, helps in waste management and hydroponic units for growing food. Also, there would be markets and food storage spaces to embrace the streetscape and surrounding neighborhood.