It may look like a drop from a post-apocayptic movie or the worst Lego building ever, but the Hive-Inn City Farm is actually a concept for sustainable urban agriculture.
According to Jetson Green, this modular vertical farm for New York City would be made of used shipping containers, and could be reconfigured to meet different needs.
The structure would be built using a frame into which individual shipping containers would slot. The containers themselves would not be modified, maintaining their portability, and each would play a unique role, such as producing food, harvesting energy, or recycling water and waste.
Rainwater would be collected in storage tanks to irrigate the plants, while human waste would be turned into compost and methane harvested to provide electricity in a “multrum” system. Additional energy would be provided by solar panels.
The food grown would be sold locally, helping to sustain the project. Hive-Inn City Farm creator OVA Studios is looking for investors to launch this vertical farm in New York; they estimate it will cost $1.5 million to build a prototype.