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Vertical Forest Coming Soon to Milan

This is no pie-in-the-sky urban farm design. Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, is actually being built, and will soon add a splash of green to the Milan skyline.

The design features two residential towers with staggered balconies that allow an array of trees and shrubbery to grow outside each abode.  Advantages of such a setup, beyond adding verdant beauty to a city, include shading inhabitants in the summer while permitting more sunlight in the winter, protection from noise pollution, and air purification.

The Bosco Verticale is now under construction in Milan, Italy

Called “the most exciting new tower in the world” by the Financial Times, Bosco Verticale will eventually grow the equivalent of over 100,000 square feet of woodland. FT also reports that the buildings are to be the first in a series of eco-friendly renovations planned for the city. Boeri has dubbed the project BioMilano, and his vision features more green housing, the restoration of abandoned farms on the city outskirts, urban gardens, and Metrobosco, a ring of trees to encircle Milan.


© Stephano Boeri

8 Responses to “Vertical Forest Coming Soon to Milan”

  1. Amazing! This is architecture taking the next step. These projects need to happen instead of just being talked about and projected for the future. We are only going to progress if we start changing now and making a few mistakes. Perfection can’t be achieved with models and projections; we need to apply “futuristic” technologies now instead of just talking about it and leaving it for someone else.

  2. How long will it take to be built?

  3. what kind of plants will be put in the belcony?

  4. We so need this…for some countries that are often affected by flood from rising ocean levels, and for countries that have less farming area like Japan and Switzerland. Now this is the way to be independent on food as a nation.

  5. awesome great work

  6. I think this is amazing!! I want to Know How long it will take to build if it starts to be built in the furture.

  7. […] Vertical Forest Coming Soon to Milan […]

  8. I’d be interested to know how the plants will be kept healthy. Will the residents be required to maintain them? Will there be an agency to take care of this? If this is not properly controlled it will soon degenerate in my opinion.

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