What was once only a design on paper is slowly turning into reality for one building in Milan, Italy.
Bosco Verticale is the world’s first vertical forest that creator, Stefano Boeri, hopes to be the answer to making cities greener, according to Inhabitat.
Inhabitat spoke with Boeri Studio to find out the specifics of the green buildings.
Each building is designed to hold trees, shrubs and groundcover plants that equal 10.000 sqm of forest, which includes 480 large and medium sized trees, 250 small-size trees, 11,000 groundcover plants and 5,000 shrubs.
There are 100 different species of trees and shrubs.
Greywater recycling will water the vegetation, and photovoltaic panels will provide power.
According to Boeri’s site, the vertical forest is designed to regenerate the environment and “urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory”.
“The Bosco Verticale aids in the creation of a microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment,” the site states. “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.”
The complex will consist of two residential towers located in the center of Milan and is slated for completion by late spring/early summer of this year.