SPARK Proposes Vertical Farming Hybrid to House Singapore’s Aging Population

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To address issues surrounding Asia’s aging population and food scarcity, SPARK has unveiled a conceptual project the blends affordable retirement housing with urban farming. The proposal, titled “Home Farm,” integrates vertical aquaponic farming and rooftop soil planting with high-density housing designed for seniors that provides residents with a desirable garden environment and opportunities for post-retirement employment.

“We designed this concept for ,” says SPARK Director Stephen Pimbley, “but there is the potential for it to be applied in any location that would support the growth of leafy green vegetables on building facades and rooftops.” He continues, “We are keen to see this project materialise at some point in the future. The concept is a realizable solution to real and pressing problems faced by many of the world’s growing cities.”

Read on to learn more about the concept.

Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Daxing, , China
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Project Architect: Christian Taeubert
Team: Hua Ye, Karl Nyqvist, Ben de Lange, Ali Yildrim, Duarte Nuno Silva, Katarzyna Irzyk, Huan Wang, Nuno Cardoso Dias, Elaine Kwong, Bing Han (landscape concept design)
Area: 391000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He

Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: , , China
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Project Architect: Phi Wenhui Lu
Desing Team: Andrew Ng, Chris Taeubert
Area: 87800.0 sqm
Photographs: ShuHe

Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: , Fujian,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann Team: Mingyin Tan, Christian Taeubert, Jian Yun Wu, Ben de Lange, Emer Loraine, Wang Haiyan Leo Micolta, Cary Cheng Client: Thaihot Group
Area: 300,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: , Jiangsu,
Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He

Bass and Flinders Gateway Project Proposal / Spark Architects

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Located at the threshold of one of New South Wales’ most beautiful cities, Wollongong, the Bass and Flinders Gateway Project marks the first project in by Spark Architects. The project consists of a 300 unit residential development supported by a modicum of commercial space. The project currently is going through the planning process and is scheduled to start construction in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Science Town Project / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Guangzhou, China
Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
Project Architect: Wenhui Lim
Design Team: Carlo Joson, Cynthia Liau, Rafal Kapusta, Conyee Chan, Jessica Leong, Darmaganda, Mark Mancenido, Marc Zara
Area: 33,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Guangzhou Vanke

Starhill Gallery / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location:
Architect In Charge: Stephan Pimbley
Project Architect: Michael Gibert
Team: Kim-Lee Tan, Sevena Lee, Wenhui Lim
Lightning Designer: Snfor Sdn Bhd
Structural Consultant: RFR Shanghai
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Lin Ho

Thaihot City Plaza Mall / Spark Architects

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Aiming to become a unique destination full of surprise and discovery, the design proposal for the Thaihot City Plaza Mall has a multi-faceted façade that has different functions, in plan and elevation. Designed by Spark Architects, this facade moderates the edges of the building in plan to increase sight lines into the pedestrian street drawing people in, unlike linear streets that fail to hold and capture the pedestrians’ interest. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Arte s’ Residential Tower / Spark Architects

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Standing at 170m and 110m tall, the twin ‘Arte s’ residential towers sit at the base Bukit Gambir, a lush tropical mountain located at the heart of Island in the Indian Ocean off the Western coast of . Designed by Spark Architects, the geometry and composition of the towers is inspired the dramatic surrounding land and seascapes mediating between the steeply rising verdant mountain and the flowing currents of the Malacca Straits. The project, which began construction in 2012, is due to be completed in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ikon Connaught / Spark Architects

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The design by Spark Architects for the Ikon Connaught seeks to create a lifestyle destination on an intimate neighborhood scale with the level of quality, impact and vibrancy of a city centre destination. Located at the heart of Cheras in , , the project will provide space for more than 100 boutique shops and restaurants over five storeys with five levels of office above. More images and architects’ description after the break.