If you couldn't get enough of Boeri Studio's Vertical Forest — or Bosco Verticale — you can now feast your eyes on some more photos. The idea of a tall living-forest tower has been done numerous times, to the extent that it's considered a green architecture trope. But that didn't hinder the Milan-based Vertical Forest from winning the biennial International Highrise Award.
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"The two greened residential highrises are based on simple rectangular footprints and differ in height, one being 19 and the other at 27 stories high (80 and 112 meters respectively). Each of the 113 apartments in total is equipped with at least one balcony, which resembles a small garden or a small forest.
Located in one of Europe's most polluted cities, the two residential towers [aim to help alleviate this issue with] 900 planted trees measuring between 3m and 6m, along with 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 floral plants on terraces up to the 27th floor."
"The plants ensure a natural climate in the apartments and provide outstanding residential conditions. The pioneering work necessary to green a highrise façade in Europe was undertaken by Boeri Studio along with agronomist landscape consultants Laura Gatti and Emanuela Borio. The two relatively small residential towers are part of the comprehensive development of the district in north Milan."
"The project is set to create a new standard for sustainable housing and was developed with the help of ARUP's structural and geotechnical designs, together with consultancy services on acoustics, vibrations, ground-borne noise and tunneling.
[The designers are] also providing advanced design solutions related to the effects of two existing railway tunnels under the site that required a dedicated design of a base-isolation system for the main buildings."
"As a new growth model for the regeneration of the urban environment, the design creates a biological habitat in a total area of 40,000m2. The designers aim to inspire greater urban biodiversity in the face of Milan's challenge of increasing pollution."
"The vast amount of greenery on the building encourages the production of energy. As well as creating oxygen and humidity, the plants also absorb CO2 and dust particles, which improves the environment."
"From compact two-room apartments to penthouses and duplexes, the main characteristics of the flats are the balconies, which extend 3.35m outwards to host the greenery. The design also includes photovoltaic energy systems to increase the degree of energetic self-sufficiency of the two towers."
"The Bosco Verticale building is part of the Porta Nuova Isola complex. This project involves the redevelopment of an area historically dedicated to light industrial and craft activities. Following the proposal to create Bosco Verticale at the site, 70% of the area had been assigned as a public park. This new residential area includes five main buildings for public, residential and commercial use, and three underground parking levels."
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