Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri Architects was looked at with skepticism until it was actually completed. Bosco Verticale was a pair of skyscrapers covered with huge amounts of greenery. The successful completion led to Stefano Boeri designing a successor in Switzerland and another vertical forest is being planned for Nanjing, China.
Stefano Boeri is not the first architect to come up with the idea of planting greenery on a skyscraper, however, the popularity of Bosco Verticale sure has brought vertical forests in vogue at the moment.
The Nanjing Vertical Forest by Stefano Boeri also incorporates a similar design language to the Bosco Verticale. It consists of a pair of towers on to of a shared podium. The towers will be 200 meters and 108 meters tall and are slated to include office space, a hotel, retail space, green architecture school, restaurants, a conference hall and exhibition spaces. The taller tower will house a private club on its rooftop while the smaller one will feature a swimming pool.
The buildings will, in total, sport a total of 600 tall trees along with 500 medium-sized treed (sourced from a total of 23 local species). In addition to that, 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs in concrete planters will be integrated into balconies.
According to Stefano Boeri Architects, this greenery will absorb about 25 tons of CO2 per year while generating about 60kg of Oxygen each day. The idea also holds merit since it allows each resident to have their own miniature garden thus improving the quality of life.
The Nanjing Vertical Forest has been commissioned by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned Investment Group. If all goes well, it will be completed in 2018. Boeri is looking forward to refining his idea even more by carrying out more vertical forest projects around the world including in Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing in China.