All images courtesy of Paolo Sacchi.
Stefano Boeri‘s ‘Bosco Verticale’ has opened its doors to residents, five years after construction started in Milan’s emerging Porta Nuova District. The project, which translates in english as ‘Vertical Forest’, comprises two landscaped towers that between them contain 113 apartments offering expansive views across the city.
The design is characterized by its integrated vegetation comprising over 1,000 different species of trees, shrubs and plants. In total, the scheme contains 780 planted trees, seeking to increase the site’s biodiversity, which may have been adversely affected during the project’s construction.
The taller of the two towers climbs to a total height of 112 meters, with staggered concrete balconies protruding from each of the scheme’s façades. Each individual dwelling features a private garden which protects interior living space from acoustic pollution, dust particles, harsh winds and direct sunlight. At roof level, photovoltaic panels contribute to the self-sufficiency of the complex, while greywater from the building is filtered and reused to irrigate the site’s extensive flora.
'I think this is a prototype of a possible way to extend the natural sphere in a hyperdense urban context', Stefano Boeri said at the project’s opening. 'This is a not a unique way to implement biodiversity in an urban environment, but it is for sure one of the most environmental ways. so let’s see together what will happen.'
'We are continuously asked by research centres from all over the world to follow what will happen. I think that every year we could have a moment of thought and discussion about the results – month by month, year by year.'