The husband and wife team of Chris and Fei Precht have devised a modular housing concept built around vertical farming. Precht, the architecture studio founded by the Penda co-founder and his spouse, have developed 'The Farmhouse' to unite urban habitation with agriculture, pointing the way towards a more sustainable way of living.
The vision imagines prefabricated A-frame modules comprised of cross-laminated timber with integrated electric and plumbing systems held within the inner layer. An outer layer would contain each unit's water supply and aid in gardening, while the middle layer would hold the insulation.
The modules are flexible and compatible with different systems, so that they could adapt to harness energy with solar equipment, or mesh with hydroponic units to grow food. Residents would be able to construct their homes with as many modules as desired.
Renderings show an envelope of triangular modules alternating between outdoor space and greenhouse-like arrangements of flora. Images also show a food market, food storage spaces and composting areas located on the ground floor. The building could theoretically rise to any height, but national regulations on wood-framed buildings vary wildly.
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