Hortus Celestia – a 14 floor tower made for greenhouse farming
Rain water stored in tanks in the top of the tower use zero energy gravity feeders as a source of irrigation for the building
By Except Integrated Sustainability
The tower was commissioned by SIGN, in collaboration with Bartels & Vedder, Van Reisen and Kelsey’s o.o.m.
The Hortus Celestia is a vertical farm tower, designed for Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. The tower rises 28 stories high above the greenhouse-filled landscape, offering 14 farming floors with embedded expo centers.
The tower functions as a demonstration center for innovative Dutch greenhouse industry partners, and attracts international visitors from around the globe.
A spectacular green experience:
The tower’s user experience promenade starts at the panoramic roof garden and winds down the tower, alowing the visitor to see all aspects of the farms on the top floors. The complex is structurally calculated, costed, its feasibility confirmed, and the design is embedded in an ecological expo-park.
Except designed this vertical farm tower with a team of partners for SIGN, a Dutch foundation that stimulates innovation in the Dutch greenhouse industry.
A glass sculpture arises from the greenhouse fields:
As a beacon in the patchwork of greenhouses of the Westland landscape, the Hortus Celestia arises from an ecological park. Behind the ETFE facade, beautiful and demonstrative greenhouses are located in which crops, from tomatoes to roses, are displayed to the audience. The rooftop park on top of the 80 meter high tower lets the visitor expierence a panoramic view of the innovation and activity in the surrounding area.