In 2012, French practice SOA created the Agricultural Urbanism Lab (LUA) for the study and implementation of agricultural innovation within the fast-growing urban context. ‘Urbanana’, wedged between two residential buildings, is an interior garden space devoted to the cultivation of banana species including those no longer available in Europe, along with waste management and exhibition area on the ground level. As vegetation matures over a cycle of light and seasons, the interior is free of a conventional flooring system in order to utilize maximum volume and daylight, with only a few bridges providing the necessary access between sections. A metal space frame structure supports the transparent curtain wall that encloses the large void like an enormous greenhouse, independent of the internal construction.

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Urbanana is designed more in volume terms. Agricultural production occurs on a chain rotation occupying the entire space on the equivalent of six floors. Apart from some technical bridges, an exhibition and a part dedicated to harvesting and processing of waste on the ground floor, this firm is freed from the constraint of the floors. It operates as the natural or artificial light as a whole. The absence of floors and occupation of space by planting produce an architectural expression specific to the Vertical Farm.

In addition, the facade is a totally independent of both must be worn and ensure maximum transparency.Open the ground floor which houses the public, it exposes the plantations to the top view and continues on the roof. The large size of the glass envelope is supported by a metal three-dimensional structure. This set of large scale is more akin to the greenhouse botanical language that only functional and cost of agricultural emissions.

All its features make Urbanana farm easy to insert into the urban fabric. It is implanted between party walls and perfect alignment mark in the manner of a commercial building. However, its transparency and lack of floors bring a breath and depth to the dense space and forced to the streets of Paris.

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