French architects devise a floating farm that runs on icebergs

The 2013 International Architecture competition, held by the Jacques Rougerie Foundation, has an intriguing winner in its category entitled “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea”.

The project, known as “Arctic Harvester”, is a huge, circular, floating hydroponic farm designed to make use of melting icebergs found in seas around Canada and Greenland. It provides living space for about 800 people and was designed by a team from the Paris-Malaquais International School of Architecture.

Icebergs are taken into the centre of the circular structure, which is also a communal garden area, and the nutrient-rich water released from melting ice is harvested for use in growing fruit and vegetables; foods that are not readily available in the Arctic. The icebergs in the centre pool form an unusual ice garden, on which floating greenhouses can be installed for use by the community.

After the water obtained from the icebergs has been channelled into upper levels of the Harvester for use in hydroponic agriculture, it will pass into an osmotic energy plant, enabling for its use as a sustainable source of energy. The whole project takes advantage of, and addresses, climate change in an innovative way.

For the UK, one way of combating climate change is by ensuring that future buildings are as sustainable as possible, in order to help lower carbon emissions. For those in the Deeside area, where millions is being spent on flood defences, a professional architect in Chester should be employed to make sure that new properties are both sustainable and built with rising water levels in mind.

Posted by Mark
March 6, 2014

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