Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 16, 2009
If living in an apartment is your excuse for not having a garden, you can always move to China and take up residence in Knafo Klimer’s Agro-Housing. It’s about as sustainable as a building concept can be, from the construction materials to the design. Plus each unit has its own greenhouse.
Your own personal greenhouse. In an apartment.
Designed to make multi-complex living more enjoyable and self-reliant, even in crowded cities, Agro-Housing was among the winners of the 2nd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing. It’s basically a high-rise apartment building with plenty of personal space for the growing of food — which is good news for the Chinese, since a UN report estimates that 50 percent of their population will be fighting for city space by 2010.
As cool as the entire complex looks, the greenhouse is clearly the selling point.
Lucky inhabitants of Agro-Housing won’t have to go far to raise crops, given that there will be a multi-level gardening structure with a drip-irrigation system and natural ventilation within reach of each unit. This not only offers options for self-reliance, it give residents the opportunity to eat fresh and organic food anytime they want. Water from the existing high water table will be utilized in the gardens, as will recycled greywater.
The complex also has spaces for community activities (including the roof garden) and utilizes passive solar energy, efficiency bathroom and kitchen fixtures, rainwater harvesting and waste management.
But as far as I’m concerned, it’s all about the greenhouse.