The City of Linköping in Sweden has granted planning permission for the world’s first vertical greenhouse/office block, with construction due to start later this year.
The result of a collaboration between Plantagon International, SWECO, Tekniska Verken and The City of Linköping, the Plantagon Greenhouse will be 60 metres high and feature a 16-storey office building on the inside and space for urban agriculture on the outside.
Owe Pettersson, COO of Plantagon, which is occupying one floor of the building, said: “Behind the greenhouse façade, it’s a regular office building that can be used in many different ways, like a hotel, office or school. The Plantagon Greenhouse will be a model for the whole world to demonstrate that you can actually grow food efficiently and safely in a large city.”
The Plantagon Greenhouse will connect to the district heating plant in Gärstad and a nearby biogas plant, giving it access to excess heat and carbon dioxide. Waste from the greenhouse will be used in the biogas plant.