The firm Studio Lokal from Denmark has unveiled plans to build a very interesting tower in Copenhagen. It will be located on the site of a former produce market, and for this reason the architects incorporated spacious balconies into the design, where each of the residents will be able to grown their own fruits and veggies.
The building will be called Hanging Gardens, and it will be located in the historic area of Copenhagen called Carlsberg. In an effort to make sure the building blends in with the surrounding historic structures, some of the design elements were borrowed from nearby buildings, namely the Carlsberg Brewery.
The tower will rise to a height of 152 ft (46.4 m) and it will have a total floorspace of 102,257 sq ft (9,500 sq m). The building will feature 200 units, each with it’s own balcony, so all the residents will have their own small garden. The construction will be done using materials sourced locally as much as possible, while the tower will also feature a closed roof-top garden to effectively provide a sort of green roof for the structure. The roof garden and the surrounding areas will be accessible to residents.
The façade itself has an interesting design. The architects say that combined with the greenery grown on each balcony, this façade will make it easy to manage rainwater, as well as reduce solar heat gain in the apartments, and shield the balconies from wind.
To further encourage the residents to grow their own greens, there will be a farmers market on the ground floor of the building, where they will be able to sell, trade or buy produce. This is certainly a very nice and sustainable idea, and more architects should be thinking in this direction when designing new urban structures.
Construction if the Hanging Gardens will begin in April 2017.