Following the success of the 'floating farm dairy', Goldsmith is now planning 'floating farm poultry' in Rotterdam. This is going to be an urban farm combining facilities for 7,000 hens with a level for farming vegetables, herbs and cresses. Similar to the adjacent cow farm, the new floating construction is organised as a logically stacked and compact agricultural building. Besides being a functional farm, the building also fulfills an educational role for the city and it's inhabitants, because most of the facilities will be visible to visitors as much as possible.
The vegetables will be grown on the farm's lower level, consisting of three concrete pontoons, in an indoor LED cress farm with an evocative factory floor that facilitates the processing of products of both farms. The architecture prioritizes buoyancy, stability and transparency, with technical installations, storage, production and processing of eggs and crop products all combined on board and made visible as much as possible. As such, the building allows visitors to see most of the farm's inner workings without disturbing the various processes.
The production floors will be connected with the factory floor for processing in between. The crop producing LED farm recirculates warm humid air, and an efficient air- and energy system reduces emissions of poultry dust and nitrogen. The chicken manure will be dried into fertiliser granules.