Farming Space Optimizer - 'TreeVertic' on roof top farming
Hong Kong SAR China, Hong Kong
Category: Student Challenge
Theme/Year: Food Systems 2016
- Project Overview
Enhancement in farming space is the main feature of ‘TreeVertic’ as the farmland in well-developed city, especially in Hong Kong, is limited, which is less than 2% coverage. Organic farming is recently promoting with figures showing increasing trend. Our design aims to target the roof top on household and promote household organic farming in Hong Kong. On the other hand, it would be enhancement of the roof when our design could increase benefits of green roof and utilize the roof for food production.The modern vertical farming, with no doubt, improve the food production, but as a result of high energy consumption of the lighting system required for supporting the plants photosynthesis. By eliminating the requirement of lighting system used nowadays in vertical farming, ‘TreeVertic’ allows natural sunlight supply for plant growth. The design was inspired from trees, their unique characters, including multiple layers of platform arranged on a vertical axis with a strong supporting system. The supporting system is mimicking the natural designation of buttress roots, the canopy structure of ‘TreeVertic’ is obtained by installation of trifolium leaf-shaped farming platform which rotated 60° in consecutive layer and installed in descending order in term of size from bottom to top, and the attachment strategy of platform to the trunk of ‘TreeVertic’ using the interlocking method for strong attachment yet easy to reassemble, mimics the attachment strategy used in most of the parasites.In order to facilitate for households’ installation, the root, trunk and farming platform of ‘TreeVertic’ are reassembled. The height of ‘TreeVertic’ can be adjusted and therefore to ease the cultivation of crops on each farming platform and facilitate harvesting. ‘TreeVertic’ would be definitely a new environmental friendly vertical farming method.