This Incredible Office In Japan Grows Its Own Food

There are plenty of offices around the world that feed their employees well, but there’s an office in Japan that goes a step further – they grow their own food.

The Pasona Urban Farm is a nine-storey office building in Tokyo to allow employees to grow and harvest their own food at work. Designed in 2010, its office building is like no other. 

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Inside the 19,974 square metre office building there are 3995 square metres dedicated to green space that house over 200 species of plants, fruits, vegetables and rice.

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The office was created by refurbishing a 50 year old building to include office areas, an auditorium, cafeterias, a rooftop garden and urban farming facilities. 

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All of the food is harvested, prepared and served on-site in the cafeterias – making Pasona’s Urban Farm the largest farm-to-table office scheme in Japan.

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Pasona employees are encourage to maintain and harvest the crops and are supported by a team of agricultural specialists.

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“The design focus was not on the imposed standards of green, where energy offsets and strict efficiency rates rule,” says the designer. “But rather on an idea of a green building that can change the way people think about their daily lives and even their own personal career choice and life path.”

The green theme extends through the office – the greenery in the workplace could give the impression you’re working in a garden. “It is important not to just think about how we can use our natural resources better from a distance, but to actively engage with nature and create new groups of people who have a deep interest and respect for the world they live in.” 

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