EarthTechling has featured dozens of breathtaking living walls, green roofs, and vertical gardens. This living landscaping helps turn unsightly buildings into works of art while also cleaning the air and reducing surface flooding. But at the end of the day, most of these installations are still, well, decorative. Not so with the Pasona Urban Farm in Tokyo.
Infusing a boring old office building with living plants that grow over, around, and through the architecture was no easy feat. The renovation required a double skinned green facade, new offices, a revamped auditorium, cafeterias, a rooftop garden and most notably, urban farming facilities integrated within the building.
The idea was not to use plants as an accent piece or decoration, but to find a way for the people, building, and garden to co-exist in a way that was symbiotic. The result is an indoor environment that’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
“…Tomato vines are suspended above conference tables, lemon and
passion fruit trees are used as partitions for meeting spaces, salad
leaves are grown inside seminar rooms and bean sprouts are grown under
benches,” explains the designer. “The main lobby also features a rice
paddy and a broccoli field.”