What: Vacant property redesigning
Where: Netherlands
Who: CropEye
Source: CropEye


Redesigning vacant property

The Green Factory brings horticulture in the city and gives empty office buildings a new function. Redesigning vacant properties for growing vegetables and other (horticulture) products. In combination with plant breeding sustainable energy is generated. The Green Factory is innovative: from light, heat and wind decentralized energy is generated.

Horticulture takes place on the roof and in the story of former office buildings. Parts of the building are decorated as horticultural and energy production. A modern greenhouse is placed on the roof of the building. The greenhouse and facade of the building are equipped with solar cells. Under the glass of the greenhouse, the so-called red crops are cultivated. Such as, peppers, tomatoes, sweet peppers and strawberries. In the darker layers below, the exposed and dark crops are situated like lettuce, legumes, mushrooms and chicory.

The greenhouse is used for growing, but is also a production unit for heat and electricity.The underlying floors use the energy provided in the upper layer. In peak hours, there is a surplus of energy which can be delivered back to the grid, but also makes other interpretations possible of the floors below. Such as apartments or a charging park for electric cars.

The Green Factory is sustainable in design through the reuse of urban real estate. Within the redevelopment sustainability is used. Production takes place with an optimized use of energy and inputs. Taking the seasons into account, the cultivation will be year-round.