I came across this project a while back, and as someone who takes an interest in the evolving world of green architecture & buildings I wanted to share it with our audience as part of a new spotlight for people who are doing really cool, green & forward thinking projects around the world.
The project is called “Bosco Verticale” or “Vertical Forest” and is headed up by Milan Italy based architecture studio Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra). When completed it will be the greenest building in Milan, one of Europe’s most polluted cities & will also be the world’s first vertical forest, a significant step in the development of green architecture. It’s part of a larger “BioMilano” vision to incorporate 60 abandoned farms into a greenbelt surrounding the city. The project started in 2007 and is scheduled to be complete in late 2013. This exciting green residential project was meant for growing forests in the sky and allowing residents and neighbors to enjoy fresh outdoor air. Bosco Verticale adds green space in an over-industrialized busy city, challenging future metropolis’s to offer its inhabitants a safe, healthy environment. It is metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory.
The budget of 65,000,000 Euros allowed the architects to build on a surface of 40,000 square meters. The two towers 27 stories tall, consist of one 250 foot tall structure & another 360 feet tall. The buildings will house 900 mature trees between the both of them & tree-planted balconies in a vertical garden tower will become available with the construction of this building. Large concrete balconies will act as planting boxes that will ensure a dense forestation, while vegetation ranging from 3, 6 and 9 meters tall will adorn the balconies. The same amount of trees, shrubs and plants in a garden would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of natural forest space. The buildings trees and vegetation will provide shade in the summer and drop their leaves in winter to allow in winter sunlight. Plant irrigation is provided via a grey-water filtration system. Additionally, photovoltaic power generation will help optimize, recuperate and produce energy, providing sustainable power to the building & making the project nearly energy self-sufficient.
They’ve begun hoisting the first of the 900 trees, 11,000 ground-cover plants, and 5,000 shrubs that will fill out the facades. According to the architects, Boeri Studio, the trees and vegetation will form a robust “micro-climate” capable of sustaining life at all scales, from birds and insects to the human occupants inside the towers. It will also produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protection from radiation and acoustic pollution. This will improve the quality of living spaces and save energy.
Wow! Pretty cool huh? It’s amazing how much further ahead many of the European countries are in their efforts to embrace and implement sustainable and bio-diverse projects. Tell us what you thought in comments below & if you know of a similar project here in the U.S. please share. To see other companies doing really cool, green & forward thinking projects click here