Toshimichi Sakaki/Kono Designs
  • 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.
    Toshimichi Sakaki/Kono Designs
  • 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.
    Luca Vignelli/Kono Designs
  • 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.
    Toru Hanai/Reuters
  • 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.
    Luca Vignelli/Kono Designs
  • Pasona Urban Farm

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

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

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

    Hydroponic tomato farming space surrounded by offices.
    Luca Vignelli/Kono Designs
  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Flowers sprout from a soil planter.
    Pasona
  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Salad leaves grow on hydroponic shelves.
    Luca Vignelli/Kono Designs
  • Pasona Urban Farm

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

    Hydroponically grown pumpkins.
    Pasona
  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Lemon and passion fruit trees form partitions dividing meeting rooms.
    Luca Vignelli/Kono Designs
  • Pasona Urban Farm

    Employees harvest rice.
    Kono Designs
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus