Bosco Verticale, by BOERISTUDIO, Milan
As far as European metropolises go, Milan offers a fair amount of green space. And soon they’ll boast more; architectural agency, Boeristudio, have designed and initiated a 27-storey residential “vertical forest” smack in the middle of the city.
In their words:
“Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. […] The first example of a Bosco Verticale composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters height, will be realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 m tall) apart from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants. On flat land, each Bosco Verticale equals, in amount of trees, an area equal to 10.000 sqm of forest. In terms of urban densification the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings of nearly 50.000 sqm.”
My knowledge of urban renewal is equal to zilch, but here’s their description of the environmental benefits the structure will provide:
“The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates and produces energy. The Bosco Verticale aids in the creation of a microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution, improving the quality of living spaces and saving energy. Plant irrigation will be produced to great extent through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building. Additionally Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will contribute, together with the aforementioned microclimate to increase the degree of energetic self sufficiency of the two towers.”
I don’t know what most of those science words mean, but it sounds legit.
Reports suggest the buildings are nearing completion and will be ready by the end of 2013.
The project brain and lead architect, Stefano Boeri, has proposed an additional six projects under the “BioMilano” umbrella, strategies toward community-based environmental renewal. So cool. Godspeed!