Concept for solar powered vertical farming eco house

Sustainable architecture can – and need to be designed much more extreme

Drawing, concept and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

With more and more people on the planet we need to rethink the ways we build cities and use resources, three thingsĀ that can be combined in a new generation of architecture are:

concept drawing of an extreme green building with solar power, rain water collection and vertical wall gardens
Extreme green eco building concept
  1. Solar powered roofs
    This is going mainstream with a lot of huge global companies investing money in new kind of energy collecting roofs
  2. Integrated food production
    With new technology, vertical gardens, and better monitored farming, it is possible to grow a lot of food on and around a house. The benefits are many, from saving money, getting better relationships, better health, reduced stress and reconnecting much better to our food and at the same time reduce the load we place on the rest of the planet.
  3. Using roofs to collect rain water
    This has not been much used yet in modern architecture, but it can help buffer the water flow of the cities and stop flooding, by working almost as a kind of sponge, securing water under heavy rain and extreme weather, and then slowly releasing the water, for plant and food growth.

Concept sketch of one of a billion ways a green house could look

Here is just a fast concept sketch where I work with how these three elements, solar roofs, water collection and growing food might be combined

Drawing of a green eco house with solar cells, water reservoir and vertical gardens
Combining solar power, water collection, food growing and social space in architecture

Finding new ways of designing houses and cities is part of the work to take pressure of the landscapes to help thrive, biodiversity and sustainability at the same time