Garden to Table Micro Home

As eating locally becomes more popular, with its bigger flavors, fresher produce, and a smaller carbon footprint, urban farming is becoming a viable new market. The garden to table home introduces a housing typology which intertwines controlled-environment agriculture with modern living. The sleek home is encased in a greenhouse creating a moderated environment for growing plants. The system is modular and could be adapted to suit any site. The roof of the home has a delicate matrix of aquaponic and/or hydroponic planting systems where produce can easily be grown for the family’s consumption year-round. In this house, it is easy for a family to integrate sustainability into their lives. Further, the greenhouse itself becomes a heat ‘engine’ that powers a variety of passive heating, cooling, and ventilation strategies. Additionally, the fireplace, ovens, and cooktop are integrated into a single thermal mass, which becomes a feature of the living space. The heat from the fireplace and the greenhouse are stored in the thermal mass and slowly released to heat the home. Finally, the summer hot air from the greenhouse is circulated through the long-term thermal storage so that the reserved heat can be utilized throughout the winter season.

With this home, sustainable living is simply living.


  • Syracuse School of Architecture


  • Jaegeun Lim, Vedyun Mishra (RI)