The concept of green building in a metropolitan setting has just taken a new, very fruitful turn; this thanks to the impending development of an urban farm on the roof of a carpark in Melbourne’s Docklands.

Melbourne Skyfarm will be a working farm that also features a nursery, education facilities, and even a shop, café, and live music venue. This innovative project marks a collaborative effort of urban farm specialist Biofilta, nature regeneration group Odonata, RD Architecture, and The Sustainable Landscape Company.

Across the road from the Melbourne Quarter development, the project has been planned to coincide with the five core objectives of the Urban Forest Strategy.

These involve adapting the city to climate change, mitigating urban heat island effect, devising healthier ecosystems, developing a water-sensitive city and engaging the community.

The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Fund has endowed Skyfarm with $300,000. The project also draws support from the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

The project has met with some dissent, with citizens expressing concern in regards to Skyfarm’s potential noise impact, light spill and overshadowing. And Council mandated that the construction not overshadow Seafarer’s Rest park, and its live music events not disturb the community peace.