Kengo Kuma has also designed a heavily planted luxury hotel. Proposed for the Left Bank of Paris’ River Seine, the building will feature lush greenery escaping from a facade comprised of overlapping wooden blocks.
A vertical garden contrasts with traditional timber and stone cladding on the facades of this apartment block and art gallery in Beirut, inspired by an adjacent garden that is no longer accessible to the public.
Jean Nouvel teamed up with Patrick Blanc for this pair of apartment towers in Sydney that boasts balconies spilling with plants, as well as a huge vertical garden and a cantilevering structure that reflects light down to lower levels.
With several “vertical forest” towers already in the works, Stefano Boeri has unveiled ambitious plans for a green city that would address China’s air pollution problem. The Liuzhou Forest City will feature nearly 40,000 trees and almost one million plants.
This might be our future home. Belgian architect Vincent Gallebaut has designed an eco-friendly compound of tower blocks that is expected to generate more energy than it uses. Named “Hyperion,” the 128-meter tower blocks will be 36 stories high and feature 1,000 homes, offices, restaurants, gyms and even swimming pools. Callebaut plans to construct the buildings in the Indian capital New Delhi by 2020.