Imagine 50,000 square meters of land and 10,000 square meters of woodland all combined together into two towers. Impossible? No. This is what is becoming reality right now in Milan, Italy.
The BOSCO VERTICALE
It is called Bosco Verticale, Italian for vertical forest, and is the vision of Stefano Boeri, architect, academic and former editor of design and architecture magazine Domus. The Bosco Verticale is under construction right now and is definitely one of the most exciting new projects in the world, a project which is a revolution and a pioneer for sustainable and green architecture.
a Stefano Boeri Architects project
The Bosco Verticale is formed by two towers of 110 and 76 meters each and will host 900 trees up to 9 meters tall plus numerous other plants and green vegetation. Right in the center of Milan, this project will revolutionize the city landscape and its architectural spirit.
What is most interesting is that the Bosco Verticale is completely sustainable and is able to optimize, recuperate and produce energy through its own means. Each apartment will have a balcony planted with trees and plants suitable to the city’s weather and will provide shade during summer, filter the dust particles present in the urban environments, produce humidity, absorb CO2, produce oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. Moreover, plant irrigation will be provided by the greywater produced by the building and aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will also guarantee the towers’ self-sufficiency in terms of energy use and recycling.
It is already beautiful to fly over big cities and notice some of the skyscrapers’ rooftops green with trees. I can only imagine now how even more beautiful it will be to fly over the cities of the future and viewing it all green!
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