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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Rather than build a new headquarters from the ground up, Japanese recruiting company Pasona renovated a 50-year-old office building with a double-skin, green facade and rooftop garden and, most notably, urban farming facilities throughout the building.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    A rice field in the lobby of the building's main entrance. Located in downtown Tokyo, Pasona's nine-story headquarters has more than 43,000 square feet of green space with 200 species, including fruits, vegetables and rices that are harvested and prepared in the building's cafeterias.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    A woman tends to miniature rice paddies, Feb. 10, 2005. Artificial lighting is supplied in a number of rooms where herbs, vegetables and rice are being grown.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    The rice crops seen up close. New York-based Kono Designs conceived the urban farm, which is the largest and most direct farm-to-table operation of its kind in an office building in Japan.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Crops and office workers share a common space, as seen in this staff meeting in a casual open area.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    The building utilizes both soil-based farming, as shown in this planter bed on the mail level, and hydroponic farming.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Vegetables grow in one of the soil planters.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Hydroponic tomato farming space surrounded by offices.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Flowers sprout from a soil planter.
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    Salad leaves grow on hydroponic shelves.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Pumpkin vines in a hydroponic planter grow over one of the reception areas.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Hydroponically grown pumpkins.
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    Lemon and passion fruit trees form partitions dividing meeting rooms.
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  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Employees harvest rice.
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