Parisian Rooftop Pools, Bars and Now… Farming?
Ahhhh, the rooftop. The perfect place to escape the city. We love rooftop pools and bars, but what about using that space for farming? The Galeries Lafayette in Paris is on it.
In March, the 5,400 square foot rooftop was turned into a garden. Strawberries, herbs, and edible flowers are among the crops cultivated. The produce is then sold to chefs around the area. Hemp and wool panels were used to grow greenery, plus the process was all natural. No chemicals were used and the water to hydrate the plaints was recycled.
And this is not your grandmother’s garden. They already produced over 900 pounds of strawberries. The person behind the genius idea is Jean-Louis Missika. As the deputy mayor of Paris she takes care of town planning and economic development. When speaking about the project WWD quoted Missika
“This really is not small-scale production, and when people tell me that urban farming is a gimmick for bobos, it makes me really mad, because I think that is not at all the case[.]”
The garden is one of the world’s largest garden terraces. It was not easy as they faced financial, legal, and technical obstacles. By 2020 they hope to have 30 hectares (a metric unit equivalent to acres) on Paris “soil”… or umm rooftops.
If you are in Paris stop by the spectacle which was named “Paris sous les fraises” that means “Paris under strawberries,” for all of you who didn’t take French.