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Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten’s Vertical Farm Beijing: A Landmark for Sustainable Agriculture

Vertical Farm Beijing, CN / Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

Dutch architecture firm Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten has recently finished Vertical Farm Beijing, an innovation hub for urban fruit and vegetable production created for AgriGarden and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS).

Vertical Farm Beijing, CN / Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

Situated at the entrance of the CAAS campus in central Beijing, this 3,500-square-metre greenhouse is envisioned as a new landmark for the academy. The facility is designed to showcase sustainable food production in an urban setting to students and the public.

Vertical Farm Beijing, CN / Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

Spanning three levels, Vertical Farm Beijing features various vertical cultivation techniques and demonstration areas connected by an educational route for visitors. The first and second floors house fruit, berries, and leafy greens grown under purple LED lights, giving the building a unique nighttime glow. On the third floor, tomatoes and cucumbers are cultivated under natural light, with a zig-zag steel-framed roof providing solar shading and ventilation.

Vertical Farm Beijing, CN / Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

The goal of the project is to integrate food production into China’s urban areas to provide green and healthy food to millions of city dwellers. Vertical Farm Beijing offers a solution through compact stacked horticulture, creating a professional growing space accessible to a wide audience that emphasizes the importance of food in the city.

Vertical Farm Beijing, CN / Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

Featuring a central full-height atrium adorned with large fruit trees, the greenhouse also incorporates vertical growing areas around the space. Water used for irrigation is recycled, and temperature control is achieved through passive methods like evaporative cooling and sunlight.

Image courtesy of Weiqi Jin