Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale preserves the longtime architectural fantasy of building tall forest towers. Since the residential building was completed late last year, it continues to garner plenty of attention — and awards. Most recently, the project won the 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
The announcement concludes a nearly year-long juried selection process that began with 123 entries representing 33 countries. The jury chose Bosco Verticale – which translates to Vertical Forest — as the overall winner out of the four CTBUH Awards regional winners that were announced this past July.
Illinois Institute of Technology dean Wiel Arets presented the award to Stefano Boeri and Alida Forte Catella of COIMA Image during the evening awards ceremony, which took place at the iconic Mies van der Rohe-designed S.R. Crown Hall at the IIT campus in Chicago.
Take a gander at Bosco Verticale below.
"The building supplants traditional cladding materials with screens of greenery such that the plants act as an extension of the tower’s exterior envelope, creating a distinct microclimate."
"The building’s intensive 'living façade,' incorporating numerous trees and 90+ species of vegetation, is an active interface to the surrounding environment."
"Along with creating a beautiful appearance, the living green façade concurrently stimulates interaction with the surrounding environment while also protecting against it, in fact enhancing the sustainability of the project. The jury called this exploration of the viability of greenery at such heights groundbreaking."
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