This design is a wonderful solution to poor air quality in modern urban environments. It’s a skyscraper with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 ground plants which accentuate the dwellers’ views and creates a serene environment and cleaner air. To create the equivalent area for individual homes and forest, at least 12 acres of land, and 2.5 acres of forest, would be needed! It’s fabulous to see such a beautiful environmental solution to urban life.
Bosco Verticale is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city. It is a model that operates within policy guidelines for reforestation and naturalization of the large urban and metropolitan borders (Metrosbosco). Metrobosco and Bosco Verticale are devices for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities. Together they create two modes of building links between nature and city within the territory and within the cities of contemporary Europe. It is such an impressive blend of beauty and function.
"The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates and produces energy. The Bosco Verticale aids in the creation of a microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution, improving the quality of living spaces and saving energy. Plant irrigation will be produced to great extent through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building. Additionally Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will contribute, together with the aforementioned microclimate to increase the degree of energetic self sufficiency of the two towers. The management and maintenance of the Bosco Verticale’s vegetation will be centralised and entrusted to an agency with an office counter open to the public."
℅ Stefano Boeri Architecture website
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