Finishing touches have begun on what will be the biggest urban rooftop greenhouse in the world. Chicago’s Method soap company will be home to a 75,000-square-foot space — built by urban greenhouse company Gotham Greens.
The high-tech greenhouse, whose temperature and irrigation will be computer-controlled, demonstrates Method’s commitment to what Chief Greenskeeper Saskia Van Gendt called “the highest standards of green building.”
To support the weighty greenhouse, the company reinforced the roof, which, once planted, will help insulate the factory — designed by William McDonough + Partners and Heitman Architects — and keep heating and cooling costs lower.
Once the greenhouse is fully planted, Gotham Greens will distribute the greens it produces to local stores and restaurants.
“We need to use our urban spaces more efficiently,” Van Gendt told Business Insider. “Rooftop greenhouses are a representation of a model of doing that.”