Danish firm Studio Lokal is planning to build a new residential high-rise on a former vegetable market in Copenhagen. Taking inspiration from this, the tower will offer each resident access to their own private balcony garden, with which they will be encouraged to grow their own fruit and veg for eating, selling, and trading.
The Hanging Gardens project follows an architectural competition and will be located in a historic area of Carlsberg. In a bid to ensure it doesn't clash with the surrounding older buildings, it borrows minor design elements from them, including the relief of the nearby Carlsberg Brewery.
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Greenery-clad buildings are definitely in vogue with developers lately – take Bosco Verticale, for example – and this project is broadly similar. It's due to rise to a maximum height of 46.4 m (152 ft) and comprise a total floorspace of 9,500 sq m (102,257 sq ft).
Locally-sourced materials will be used for construction wherever possible, and the tower will be topped by an enclosed rooftop garden. Other areas of the building include green roofs and rooftop areas that will be accessible to residents.
Studio Lokal says that the facade's checkered design, combined with its ample greenery will help manage rainwater, shield balcony users from the wind, and reduce solar heat gain inside the apartments. There will be a total of 200 balcony gardens in all, providing each resident with access to their own private mini garden.
While even the most green fingered residents will surely struggle to grow a great yield in such a small balcony space, the ground floor of the tower will hold a regular farmer's market at which they can buy, sell, and trade their produce.
The project is due to begin construction in April, 2017.
Source: Studio Lokal