InsectCity, the insect farm that can make Stockholm self-sufficient


The Swedish atelier Belatchew Arkitekter, aims to make the city of Stockholm self-sufficient in protein. For this to be possible, his laboratory of experimental projects created InsectCity, which encompasses BuzzBuilding, nothing more than a farmhouse for the production of edible insects.

It is estimated that by 2050 the Earth will be inhabited by about nine billion people and the issue of sustainable food production for these people remains open. One solution is to find an alternative to meat production and an available source of proteins, in this case insects.

There are about 1,900 species of edible insects around the world and about two billion people consume insects. The production of proteins from insects is more efficient than the production of meat, this is because, for example, ten kilograms of food are needed to produce one kilo of meat, but the same amount of food can produce nine kilos of insects.

By 2018 Stockholm is expected to have 940,700 inhabitants, according to the Belatchew Arkitekter, to produce proteins from insects that match the meat consumption of the inhabitants, a farm with 500,000 square meters is needed. And through the construction of these insect farms in nine roundabouts of the city the goal of self-sufficiency in proteins may be reached.

In order to allow citizens to see how urban insect production can be, the studio designed BuzzBuilding, which would be located in Vanadisplan, offering 10,350 square meters of surface for the creation of crickets. This structure consists of a building that integrates the flow of insects, from eggs to insects reared and ready to eat.

In addition, BuzzBuilding aims to be a sanctuary for endangered species of wild bees, which will allow Stockholm to be a city with plenty of fruit.

The main structure of this prototype, is a steel exoskeleton, covered by an outer skeleton, inspired by the natural structure of the insects. On the ground floor of the farm there will be a restaurant, where these insects will be prepared and sold, the ultimate goal will be to make public production.