May 10th 2013
Innovation and ecological thinking come together in a vertical forest which is expected to be completed this year in Milan. 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. A model of vertical densification of nature within the city! When complete, it will be the greenest building in Milan! Literally! Considering Milan is one of Europe’s most populated cities, they say this is a solid inovation in bringing clean air to the city center while introducing a beautiful design. Each apartment balcony will feature trees that will provide shade during the summer months, only to drop their leaves in winter to allow for winter sunlight.
I have to say on first impression, this looked superb. The thought of everyone playing their acoustic guitars, violins and cello’s in their forest high rise flat initially flicked my switch rather than light my forest camp fire; but then I thought has anyone thought of the view vs bush issue here? I’m not sure I’d want all those bushes blocking a summer evening sunset? What about insects, bugs, pollen, overgrown bushes invading other peoples minimal views, tree maintenance, fire hazards? The more I think of it the more this seems like a complete nightmare. Will this really work? and will it really look like the artists impression!?
There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest !
The designers explain that the trees and plants will help to filter out air pollution, a major problem in big cities like Milan. “Vertical Forest helps to build a micro-climate and to filter dust particles which are present in the urban environment,” write the designers. “The diversity of the plants helps to create humidity, and absorb CO2 and dust, produces oxygen, protects people and houses from the sun’s rays and from acoustic pollution.”
This is all well and good but will the novelty wear off and in the long run will people settle for the stunning summer view instead? This is great PR but I have my doubts whether this a real long term solution?
…….although I really hope it is!
Construction on the buildings began in 2008 and they are slated for completion before the end of the year.
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