Project by: AVL Studio
Challenge: How can we maximise blind walls to grow food in cities?
Project description: GreenBelly is a modular, vertical vegetable garden that converts existing blind walls into productive food centres for local communities, increasing the urban green surface and improving social cohesion. Low-cost and self-sustaining, the modules can be applied to a range of public and private spaces, from schools and hospitals to commercial and residential buildings. The modular system allows for food growing on the upper floors, with trading or kitchen facilities beneath, as required.
The flexible structure is made from recycled scaffolding and construction wood and can be enclosed with glass walls, depending on local climactic needs. The Lego-style "production cabin" modules can be expanded or reduced to suit the site and easily disassembled.
A mix of soil-based, hydroponic and aeroponic technologies offer optimal growing conditions. By harvesting rainwater and using solar energy, the system protects the existing façade from external constraints, creating a protective and productive "green belly" for the building. With only 35 m2 of land, a 6-level garden can produce up to 6400 kg of vegetables per year and generates 162 m2 of green area.
Project phase: Design