The concept behind this building, Bosco Verticale, is pretty impressive; the architects describe it as “metropolitan reforestation”. The idea seems very simple but there is a lot of research involved.
Not only they will build a building-static structure but a whole new environment. If the concept extended to many other European cities, we would be living in a very different way.
We are talking about 900 trees up to 9 metres tall, plus lots of shrubs and plants.
The following section gives an idea of the vegetation and living space.
On flat land, each Bosco Verticale (two towers) equals, in amount of trees, an area equal to 10.000 sqm of forest.
The project will have a very impressive appearance, but also has been thoroughly engineered. The idea is working towards the optimization, recuperation and production of energy. This microclimate will be capable of filtering the dust particles.
The vegetation will act as an acoustic isolation system.
Water use and waste is one of the major concerns nowadays, but the irrigation of such amount of plants will be possible using grey water from the building.
The following shot shows the balconies of a particular level, like a small garden in the middle of the city. The deciduous trees will provide shade in the summer and allow the sun light in during the winter time.
It really seems to be the way forward. Living in a crowded city, breathing polluted air and coping with the hectic traffic, I certainly can picture myself admiring huge trees on my balcony. This new environment will bring birds and some more animals; not so sure about the insects though. But let’s face it, you can always close the window.
Project information (www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net)
Location: Milano, Italy
Year: 2007 (on going)
Client: Hines Italia
Built area: 40.000 sqm
BOERISTUDIO (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)
Consultant for the vegetation project: Emanuela Borio, Laura Gatti
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