URBAN FARM AT THE NORTH LOT
The Urban Farm at the North Lot proposes a working urban farm for the south facing podium of the residential tower development on the North Lot across from the Seattle Seahawks Stadium. The farm is also a high-performance landscape for people created by using very low-tech and economical materials. As well as creating a landscape on the residential podium, the farm extends vertically from the podium down the south wall of the five-story parking garage as a vertical hydroponic greenhouse, clad in ETFE, a lightweight, high light transmissive material. The Urban Farm is intended to be a high yield agricultural production farm, run by a farmer/chef for a restaurant to be located on site.
This high-performance landscape has three primary goals. First, the landscape is a primary source of outdoor space for the entire residential complex, and must serve a variety of needs from individual relaxation to private parties to building-wide celebrations. Secondly, the landscape is a productive one - it can grow fresh greens, herbs and other vegetables all year around through a series of individual garden planters/greenhouses that will be maintained and cultivated by an on-site restaurateur and chef. Additionally, the garden planters and the pedestal paver podium system also create a secondary source of stormwater retention. Finally, the greenhouses, both on the podium and on the south wall, with their internal source of light, and striking, sculptural forms, will create a vivid soft glowing light sculpture that will create a subtle visual art piece from the view from the Seahawks Stadium looking back towards Seattle’s skyline, especially in our misty fall and winter early evenings.