In our buzzword world we hear a lot about things like green living, but the architectural firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios wants to really bring the hype home. Spurred by a challenge from The Wall Street Journal to build the "Green House of the Future," RCHS started designing the Incredible Edible House. They were so inspired by the idea that they continued working on the project, trying to bring the concept to reality.
In their press release, the company claims that "all technologies required to build the house currently exist," and they are searching for a partner to build a full scale prototype and commercialize the pre-fabbed green house design.
The most obvious "green" quality of the house design is the greenery lining the outside of the house. The siding grows a variety of edible greenery, just waiting to be picked, explains the WSJ article:
This somewhat fantastical design seems to be as much about the future of food production as architecture. The façade of the three-story abode is slathered in a vertical garden that includes chickpeas, tomatoes, arugula and green tea. Step outside in the morning and harvest your meals.
But the Year of Plenty blog directed some skepticism towards the writer of that enthusiastic WSJ article:
I'll hold off on advocating replacing the walls of our homes with sheets of hydroponically grown green tea until I give that a shot myself.
I'm a little worried that anything that grows on the roof would be very hard to reach--I can see the injuries and lawsuits now. You can try you hand at vertical farming yourself with some vertical planter boxes.