Green and floral plants, shrubs and trees: these green elements were used by the Italian architect Stefano Boeri in Milan to create the first example of a Vertical Forest.
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Developments of Vertical Forests and forest cities, originating from architect Stefano Boeri’s brilliant idea, can now be found all over the world.
The first example of Vertical Forest, made up of two residential towers, one 110 and the other 76 metres high, was created in the heart of Milan in the Porta Nuova district and contains 800 trees, 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants. Each Vertical Forest holds enough trees to occupy a surface area of 20,000 square metres.
The Vertical Forest: a highly virtuous and self-sufficient plant system
The plant system of the Vertical Forest helps to create a special microclimate, producing moisture and oxygen and absorbing CO2 particles and fine dust.
Now one of the new Milan skyline’s most characteristic locations, with the passing of the seasons, the plants cover both of the residential towers with a blanket of colours.
This is a model of a self-sufficient residential building, a metropolitan reforestation project that contributes to environmental regeneration and urban biodiversity, without increasing the overall size of the city.
Worldwide projects to build urban Vertical Forests
In Tirana a Vertical Forest will arise right in the city centre with a tower that will have 21 floors above ground and 4 floors below. Under construction the Vertical Forest of Nanchino in China, expected to be completed by the year 2020.
Other projects are under way in Liuzhou and Shijazhuang in China, in Central America and in North Africa.
An exhibition to tell the story of the Vertical Forest
“Vertical Forests and urban biodiversity” is the name of the itinerant exhibition created by Stefano Boeri, previously hosted by the city of Lyon and currently to be found in New York.