The Bosco Verticale is a 27-story high tower under construction in Milan, that has been dubbed as the world’s first “vertical forest,”1 due to each apartment having a balcony planted with trees.
The tower is the vision of architect Stefano Boeri, who collaborated with engineers and botanists to figure out the horticultural solutions required to sustain 9-meter tall trees on balconies 20+ stories high. It is Boeri’s response to the sprawl and pollution of the modern city. Boeri claims that if the units were individual houses, it would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland.2
Bosco Verticale is the first element in his proposed BioMilano, in which a green belt is created around the city and 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts are restored to community use.
I applaud this effort to re-introduce the nature which has all but vanished from our cities.
For more information, check out Inhabitat’s article on this project.
Keep up with the progress of the construction at Stefano Boeri’s website.
1, 2 Source: Financial Times