The Floating Pod utilises Hydroponic Shelves to provide produce for its inhabitants. It uses an Ebb and Flow method, also known as a flood and drain, to provide nutrients to its plants. The reservoir holds water and a nutrient solution, and through a series of pipes, the trays of plants are periodically flooded and drained with the nutrient solution from the reservoir.
Plants are potted in a growing medium and sit only around an inch into the water, allowing the roots to fully absorb the nutrient solution while still receiving proper aeration.
Location: Puerto Chicama, Peru
Date: December 2018
Size: 900 sq/ft
Focus: Residential Hydroponics
1. The reservoir holds water and a nutrient solution. Two tubes connect to the reservoir, one of which delivers the water to the very top tray, the other is the overflow tube, which delivers the water and nutrient solution back into the reservoir.
2. The nutrient solution is delivered via the pipe and is then dispersed across the tray.
3. Special LED light rails to provide artificial lighting to supplement the growth of plants.
4. The overflow pipe runs the nutrient solution down to the tray below.
5. The overflow pipe returns the nutrient solution back into the reservoir.
6. A pump timer is used to control the frequency of the flooding.