Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), Milan
21,528 sf planted terraces plus solar & wind
Greenroofs.com Featured Project July 22, 2019
As we continue to fine tune the agenda of our 5th biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2019, we decided to replay one of most watched Featured Project videos ever, the Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri Architetti. First published on January 15, 2018, the video has received 26,288 views on YouTube alone!
Stefano Boeri’s first Vertical Forest is located here in Milan, but many more are underway across the world. We can’t to see more of the green architect’s work on über sustainable buildings!
Get a better look at the inside design issues on Vimeo from Studio Laura Gatti. Laura presented the excellent “Greening the Vertical City – the Bosco Verticale and a Look into the Future of Urban Living” at our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.
Excerpt from Project Profile:
The innovative LEED Gold Bosco Verticale has elevated the definition of ‘green skyscraper’ to a new level. Designed by Boeri Studio, the award-winning Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity. Without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory, it is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city.
Due to towering heights, terrace cantilevering, and heavy plantings, Arup performed geotechnical and structural engineering studies including wind tunnel testing. Developed by Hines, the first example of the Vertical Forest consists of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m high, situated in the center of Milan. All of the plant species were carefully selected by agronomists Laura Gatti and Emanuela Borio.
The Bosco Verticale hosts 800 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters), 4,500 bushes, and 15,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed according to the sun exposure of each facade. In addition to evergreen species, deciduous tree specimens include beeches, yellow acacias, oaks, maples, ash trees, ferns and ivy, which were arranged on the four different façades of the two skyscrapers. Specialized growth media is supplied by Europomice.
A team of aerial arborists perform pruning and other maintenance tasks several times per year, both inside and out. The over 20,000 plants absorb about 10,000 kilograms of CO2 per year and produce about 19,000 kilograms, or 42,000 pounds, of oxygen per year.
The lushly planted Bosco Verticale and its ever-evolving seasonal facades offer residents a cool, colorful, and sustainable lifestyle and contribute dramatically to the Milan cityscape.
Conceived as a prototype of the skyscrapers of the future, Stefano Boeri Architetti continues with future designs for Vertical Forests throughout the world.
Owner: Coima SGR – Porta Nuova Isola Fund
Location: Milan, Italy
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Size: 21528 sq.ft.
Access: Accessible, Private
BOERI STUDIO (STEFANO BOERI, GIANANDREA BARRECA, GIOVANNI LA VARRA)
EMANUELA BORIO, LAURA GATTI
COLOMBO COSTRUZIONI AND ZH CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
GROWTH MEDIA: EUROPOMICE
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