Design studio Aprilli has revealed plans for a giant vertical hydroponic farm and community hub to support Seoul’s heavily populated CBD.

The tree-shaped living skyscraper is designed to promote local food production while simultaneously contributing to the improvement of environmental quality through water, air filtration and renewable energy output.    

The lightweight structure features four major sections - the root, trunk, branch and leaf – all of which combine to offer 1.5 million square feet of space for a variety of farming and community activities.

Pathways and skybridges link the elevated areas, allowing visitors to navigate through the maze of gardens, hydroponic decks and orchards.

The lower part of the structure houses a processing plant and water recycling facility, while hundreds of solar panels and wind turbines have been integrated to generate the energy needed to power the mini ecosystem.

Courtesy Inhabitat and Designboom