Floating Greenhouse Grows Organic Food With Clean Energy. The Eco-Barge is a floating greenhouse that was designed to grow organic food for urban areas while producing clean energy. The floating greenhouse was created by the Serbian architectural design studio Salt and Water to teach the citizens of Belgrade about urban and vertical gardening. The Eco Barge utilizes space on the water in an urban area where land for growing food is scarce. The floating greenhouse also uses vertical growing techniques to produce more food in a small space compared to traditional growing. Floating Greenhouse Grows Organic
Land availability is shrinking in urban and suburban areas, so non-traditional methods of growing food are not only inspirational, they are becoming necessary for those who are looking for local, organic produce. As the population continues to rise, vertical gardening will likely be the future of farming for both commercial growers and urban gardeners alike. The Eco Barge has an irrigation system that waters the plants on every level of the greenhouse while at the same time using much less water than what would be required in a traditional growing system. Water that is filtered through the plants can then be reused in this system.
Another benefit of the Eco Barge is that it’s portable. The Eco Barge can be moved around on the water when needed to help maximize natural light. The floating greenhouse has built-in solar panels and wind turbines that power the structure, including lights and fans. Tiny house enthusiasts might see this structure as a floating tiny home with a greenhouse right out your front door.
Floating structures can provide many benefits for urban environments. If the buildings are designed in a smart, functional way, they can extend the possibilities of a city/town. For instance, this eco barge is further imagined as a place where a variety of educational workshops and lectures could be held. This way, all the lessons about the vertical gardening system would be learned firsthand, in a place of the utmost value for the city of Belgrade.
Salt and Water designed the conceptual Eco Barge as an eco-friendly learning hub for the citizens of Belgrade. The floating structure comprises a greenhouse with vertical gardens on one end and a small building on the other. Solar panels and wind turbines generate renewable energy and power a water-efficient irrigation system that provides moisture to the plants using recycled water.
Components of the Floating Greenhouse. The Eco Barge has vertical gardens installed on one end of the floating barge while a small building sits on the other. The Eco Barge is complete with solar panels and wind turbines to provide electricity, and the irrigation system for the plants uses recycled water. The greenhouse has a dual purpose of providing food while also demonstrating urban farming techniques to local Serbian residents. The floating barge comes equipped with almost everything the resident needs.
This structure is a good example of sustainable living, not only because it grows its food and produces its energy, but also because it is built to withstand rising sea levels. Floating structures are a new trend in sustainable architectural design.