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Milan's Vertical Forest
The Future of Tower Living

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Residential towers don't have to be drab walls of concrete. The architects of two residential towers in Milan, Italy have brought the forest to the balconies of residents. This vertical forest generates its own microclimate, captures dust and CO2, generates oxygen, buffers the street sounds of urban living and gives habitat to birds and other nature, just to name a few of the many benefits. Photos courtesy of ooking up www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net


Two residential towers in Milan, Italy are host to a "vertical forest" of 900 trees (3, 6 or 9 meters in height), along with over 20,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and plants distributed according to the sun exposure of the fa?ades. The project designer is Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA), www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net, a Milan architectural firm, which also has offices in Shanghai and Tirana.



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In contrast, these residential towers in Chicago, just north of downtown along the shores of Lake Michigan, have a certain building-block efficiency, but are rather bleak in appearance. A strip of mature trees running at the base of the buildings does give the residents some nature. Note the sweep of 'cold-hardy' palm trees near the water's edge. Palm trees in Chicago?!? Photo: Steve Kelly


The vertical forest is a model for a sustainable residential building. Each of the vertical tower forests would cover an area of 7,000 sq. meters if on terra firma. This vertical kind of living avoids yet more urban sprawl of family houses and buildings. If the towers were single-family dwellings they would cover about 75,000 sq. meters

The green towers are also a means of metropolitan reforestation, contributing to the regeneration of the environment and bringing greater biodiversity to the city. These vertical forests are essentially microclimates that produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen. The trees offer shade for residents and muffle the noises inherent in the urban environment. It also creates an environment that attracts birds and insects.



As seen in LASN magazine, June 2017.







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