Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy. It is called Bosco Verticale because each tower houses trees between three and six meters which help mitigate smog and produce oxygen. It is also used to moderate temperatures in the building in the winter and summer. The plants also attenuate noise. The design was tested in a wind tunnel to ensure the trees would not topple from gusts of wind. Botanists and horticulturalists were consulted by the engineering team to ensure that the structure could bear the load imposed by the plants.
There’s a design pattern* associated with balconies, and the vast majority of apartment complexes make them so small they are useless, and in some cases they make the space even less accessible. It looks like they got the proportions right, but i wonder if it feels crowded.
Plants are watered fully automatically.
Even more impressive is the fact that the construction of the towers cost just five percent more than an average skyscraper, and the project’s vertical design provides space that is equal to an area of sprawl measuring 538,200 square feet.
You can book it on AirBNB for $185 a night.
Video made by (c) Hines
Architecture developed by (c) Boeri Studio