1.  Shipping Containers  2. Shipping Container Interior  3. Harvesting  4. Shipping Container Interior Vertical Grower  5. Showcase of Greens  6. Community Workshop  7. Farm Location Exterior 




Squareroots: Hyper-Dense Urban Agriculture via Hydroponics

The Square Roots farming campus is located in Brooklyn, New York, at the former Pfizer factory-now home to a host of NYC food businesses. The building was originally Pfizer’s oldest active manufacturing plant and is on the same site where Pfizer was founded in 1849 by the cousins Charles Pfizer and Charles Erhart of Germany. The company closed down its Brooklyn headquarters in 2008 after more than 150 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing. Since then, it has become home to small food and beverage producers, start-ups, non-profits and food kitchens and commissaries.

Square Roots came to the old Pfizer building in Fall, 2016 with the architectural vision of Thomas Kosbau, Principle Architect of ORE design + technology. The Square Roots campus consists of an office space located on the 3rd floor of the building and ten hydroponic, controlled-climate container farms in the parking lot downstairs. Each hydroponic farm in the campus of shipping containers can yield more than more 50 lbs of leafy greens each week (the equivalent of two acres of farmland annually) and only needs about eight gallons of water a day. The vertical hydroponics create extremely dense crop yield. Square Roots brings together technology, entrepreneurship, and a love for local, real food to empower leaders in urban agriculture. Ten real food entrepreneurs grow local, tasty, food inside the container farms located in the parking lot.

Apply now if you’d like to join the food revolution.

Client: Square Roots
Program: Community
Area: 14,000 sf
Status: Completed
Photos: ©Square Roots