All photos: Marco Garofalo for Boeri Studio
The world's first vertical forest (trademark?) is rising in Milan. The Bosco Verticale, the project's official title, will be completed later this year, marking a significant step in development of green architecture. The plan consists of two apartment towers festooned with a series of concrete decks, staggered and offset from each other to give the structures their Jenga-like appearance. Once completed, nearly 2.5 acres of "forest" will have been planted in these balconies, helping to absorb dust---a major problem in Milan---and C02, while shading and cooling the residents within.
As Inhabitat reports, the two towers---one 260 feet tall, the other 360 feet---have recently topped out, while the construction crew has begun hoisting the first of the 730 trees, 11,000 ground-cover plants, and 5,000 shrubs that will fill out the facades. According to the architects, Boeri Studio, the trees and vegetation will form a robust "micro-climate" capable of sustaining life at all scales, from birds and insects to the human occupants inside the towers. This, coupled with additional photovoltaic-based energy systems, "optimizes, recuperates and produces energy," making the project nearly energy self-sufficient. The Bosco Verticale is scheduled to be completed in late 2013. Read more about the innovative architecture over at Inhabitat.
Section of Bosco Verticale; Image: Boeri Studio