We’ve seen the concept of floating cities, floating solar plants, and a floating hydrogen factory, now a Spanish architect has designed a 62ha floating farm.
Forward Thinking, a practice based in Barcelona, has designed a 197 x 315m rectangular structure. Its three levels will include solar panels on the roof, a fish farm at the base and hydroponic gardens in between.
This is not science fiction. It is a serious and viable solution– Forward Thinking Architecture
Wind turbines and wave energy systems could also be integrated into the concept.
According to Forward Thinking, one farm might produce 8.1 tonnes of organic vegetables and 1.7 tonnes of fish a year, in which case it may be able to pay for itself within 10 years.
The architect said the farm "can be located close to many megacities or dense populated areas with water access" such as New York, Sydney and Tokyo.
The modular farms could also be linked together to create increasing efficiency of scale.
The firm said on its website: "This is not science fiction. It is a serious and viable solution."
Forward Thinking is open to partnerships and business relations in order to make the project become a reality.
The concept at present provides food for thought if nothing else.
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