‘Arctic Harvester’ Is a Floating Hydroponic Farm and Village

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A new project centers on a floating hydroponic farm and village that will be able to bring local food to Greenland’s residents. The concept for what is called the ‘Arctic Harvester’ is the brainchild of French students who specialize in architecture.


A new project centers on a floating hydroponic farm and village that will be able to bring local produce to Greenland’s residents who currently import most of theirs.

The concept for what is called the ‘Arctic Harvester’ is the brainchild of several French architectural students.

Said one of the students, Meriem Chabani "We were struck by the idea that Greenland's icebergs support such rich localized ecosystems…An iceberg is an oasis. We had what seemed to us a massive resource on one hand, and a massive lack--no local produce--on the other."

As a solution, the students dreamed up a structure with ample space that can accommodate up to 800 people. The floating Arctic Harvester collects water from melting icebergs and is designed to drift with them.

The freshwater from the icebergs is later used in hydroponic greenhouses onboard the structure to help fruits and vegetables grow. The fresh food is then delivered to towns along the coast.

An osmotic system uses a combination of both fresh and saltwater to generate energy to the Arctic Harvester. Proving it’s a success, the concept became the first prize winning entry at the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition in the category of 'Innovation and Architecture for the Sea' .

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