The farm’s output will largely consist of leafy greens like kale, spinach and lettuce, which are staples of the local diet.
The crops will be grown along a series of looped rails arranged side by side in a greenhouse, which will rotate to ensure even distribution of natural light from the sawtooth roof.
The project aims to offer a space-saving alternative to traditional land-intensive farming, prompted by high land prices that encourage the development of vertical infrastructure.
It will also features a variety of farming techniques suited to the urban environment, including floating greenhouses, algae farms and a vertical seed library.
Construction of the development is slated to begin in Shanghai in late 2017.
It will form part of a new community-focused, mixed-use development called Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, designed to celebrate and promote sustainable agriculture.
Sasaki claims the project will provide a centre for education as well as food production, and will feature interactive greenhouses and a museum to encourage visitor participation. Other amenities will include restaurants, markets and a culinary academy.
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