Construction of a vertical greenhouse has been given the go-ahead by the local authorities in Linkoping (Sweden). The building will be 60 metres high with the outer part reserved for “urban agriculture” and the inner part will be 16 floors of offices.
The company behind this scheme, Plantagon International, say that this is the first such building in the world and they will be moving into one floor as their new head office. Plantagon are specialists in technology to minimise the need for energy, water and pesticides and they state that the environmental impact of food production with this building is thus very low and with minimal transport costs. The district heating plant at Garstad, near Linkoping, and the nearby biogas plant will provide heat and carbon dioxide – waste from the greenhouse will be used in the biogas plant.