Wednesday, April 03, 2013

You won't find vending machines in this building...

Pasona HQ, located in Tokyo, Japan, is a nine story high, 215,000 square foot office building which is currently undergoing a major renovation, most notably including an urban farm facility integrated within the building. The 'green space' of the building consists of over 43,000 square feet with near 200 species including fruits, vegetables and rice that are harvested and served at the cafeterias within the building. Along with that the building will also have a double-skin green facade and a rooftop garden to boot.

Using both hydroponic and soil based farming, crops and office workers share a common space. Tomato vines are suspended above conference tables, lemon and passion fruit trees are used as partitions for meeting spaces, salad leaves are grown inside seminar rooms and bean sprouts are grown under benches. The main lobby also features a rice paddy and a broccoli field.

There are more benefits besides the aesthetic appeal. It also exposes workers to growing crops and has them interact with farmland on a daily basis. It provides improvement in mental health, productivity and relaxation in the workplace, along with cleaning up the air space within the building.

What do you think? Would you want to work in a building like this?

Source: Architizer

~ James
Garden Media Group

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