Milan’s Bosco Verticale On Track to Become World’s First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale Forest

Milan, Italy is one of Europe’s most polluted cities, its air quality frequently breaching safety limits set by the EU and causing city officials to install a ventilation system in 2009 in an effort to reduce damage to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper that resides in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. In 2003, a medical study compared breathing air in Milan to smoking almost a pack of cigarettes each day. On top of that, there is less space dedicated to vegetation in Milan than any other Italian city.

Short on space for increasing the presence of greenery, the city turned to architect Stefano Boeri to create the world’s first vertical forests, incorporated into the “Bosco Verticale” apartment towers, currently under construction and nearing completion.

Bosco Verticale Build

The two residential towers, which are part of a rehabilitation project in the historic district between Via De Island Castillia and Confalonieri, loom 111 meters and 78 meters and will be home to over 900 trees that cover nearly 9,000 square meters of terrace space. They are 24 floors and 17 floors high with combined capacity for 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 plants.

In addition to producing oxygen, mitigating smog, and providing an ecosystem for insects and birds, the trees and plants on the terraces will help to cool the apartments and reduce the energy costs for air-conditioning, especially when summers in Milan can get hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The vertical forest idea has inspired a social housing tower in Spain, called the Torre Huerta, and a “Flower Tower” in Paris that features nearly 400 bamboo plants on its ledges.

Bosco Verticale External

Bosco Verticale Forest Build

Bosco Verticale Build -1

 


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  • 2ndGreenRevolution Blog

    Hydroponics gone wild! Sounds like a win-win. Has anyone figured out the cumulative impact of the plants on the building?

  • http://www.imgoingeco.com/ I’m Going Eco

    I’m curious if having the trees higher up would help the carbon dioxide levels at those heights? Totally cool!

  • http://www.imgoingeco.com/ I’m Going Eco

    I’m curious if having the trees higher up would help the carbon dioxide levels at those heights? Totally cool!

    • Top 10 Penny Auction

      It clearly would. Trees provide clean oxygen and why try a man made ventilation system when nature has already provided us with the solution?

    • Top 10 Penny Auction

      It clearly would. Trees provide clean oxygen and why try a man made ventilation system when nature has already provided us with the solution?

    • Top 10 Penny Auction

      It clearly would. Trees provide clean oxygen and why try a man made ventilation system when nature has already provided us with the solution?

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  • Sylvarwolf

    I find it intriguing that nobody has thought of the fact that trees don’t stop growing. I could see flowers, tall grasses, or even bushes, but I think the tree idea, like so many others that seem great at first, is just a bit tainted by single vision.

  • Daleth Jermyn

    Truly Inspirational Thinking
    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of
    the Ancient World, and the only one whose location has not been
    definitely established. Did they in fact exist – as they have been talked about and inspired many illustrations, but the location of these inspired gardens remains a heated discussion, as is how these so called “primitive” people were able to irrigate all the plants.
    I hope that along with the inspired move to recreate and invigorate the idea of greener highrises cities (Babylonian) ideals of function & beauty combines, they also take into account the growing habits of the plants used. Id hate for such an inspired design to flounder due to lack of horticulture for-thinking. I hope many if not all cities around the globe put more thought into the same projects, and indeed other renewable manditory building inclusions.
    Thank you.

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