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Bosco Verticale: A High- Rise City Forest Development

19 November 2021 | Life-Style

A what? What’s a forest apartment? Inner City? How do you grow forests on a building? You mean climbing plants, not forests? The mind boggles and being a person always attracted to creative, boggling minds I had to check this one out.

I came across the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) concept in the work of architects from the Boeri Studios. (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra) They have built a pair of inner city apartment towers in Milan in an area being rehabilitated. The smallest tower has 18 floors, 76 metres tall and the largest 26 floors and 110 metres high.

The tower blocks were opened in 2014 and contain more than 900 trees, 500 shrubs and 1,500 perennial plants on the terraces of the two towers. The blocks are residential apartments and the development also houses an 11 story office block. Boeri says that the forest towers concept was inspired by a novel  written by Italo Calvino about a forest dwelling man.

Why is this architecture so ground-breaking? Over the years our awareness of the role of plants in mitigating smog and producing oxygen has grown. We are seeing vertical gardens embraced in city apartments and the shrivelled cacti on a city balcony is hopefully, becoming a thing of the past!  Atrium and vertical gardens can be incorporated and retrofitted into office design for many years now.

 

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