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The Vertical Forest: Bosco Verticale

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The Vertical Forest: Bosco Verticale


Have you ever seen a forest spread out layer-on-layer? Yet, it indeed exists. Bosco Verticale is a pair of residential towers in Milan, Italy which host more than 900 trees on 8,900 sq m of terraces. The towers were designed by Boeri Studio and involved inputs from many horticulturists and botanists. The building was inaugurated in October 2014.

Bosco Verticale contains 400 condominium units priced from 3,000 to 12,000 Euro per sq meter. Each tower houses trees between three and six meters which help reduce smog and produce oxygen. It is also used to moderate temperatures in the building in the winter and summer. The plants also prevent noise pollution.

The exterior of the towers always changes colour as per the seasons. The plants used in this project were grown specifically for this purpose.

On November 19th, 2014, Bosco Verticale won the International Highrise Award, honouring excellence in recently constructed buildings that stand a minimum of 328 feet tall. On the 12th of November 2015, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale, Milan, as the overall “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards Symposium.

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