We renovated an existing two-story brick office building and warehouse to accommodate the headquarters of The Roof Crop, Omni Ecosystems and the Runner Collective. The driving force of the project was the installation of the innovative Omni Meadow Mix over the warehouse to create an urban rooftop farm. The Roof Crop grows clean produce and offers same-day delivery with minimal environmental impact; truly a farm-to-table experience.
The inherent logic of the building was exploited to provide a variety of growing settings from different soils depths, vertical growing surfaces and indoor growing rooms. The aesthetic of the industrial Kinzie Corridor informed the design decisions and allowed flexibility for each tenant to create their own environment. A shared open office are on the second floor has access to a rooftop deck and the break room, with downtown views to the east and the farm above.
Photos by Mike Schwartz Photo