Considering millions of square meters of glass facades on high rise buildings in cities like Shanghai, we assumed it would be challenging to utilise that space, cultivate and harvest food much closer to the cosumer.
Parallel to the design process and figuring out how this could actually look like, we started to experiment with “hydroponics” - a method of growing plants without soil but using mineral nutrient solutions. Typically, these systems consist of endless pluming tubes perforated with countless holes where the plants sit in, and have access to the solution.
Normally hidden in vast green houses, we would put the plants where we can see them and witness the growth.
Several weeks after starting the experiment we actually harvested salat and green beans, right from our office window!