On the way to green, healthy cities...
Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. According to a study published at the end of 2009 by the Bocconi University Study CentreA single day spent in the Italian industrial capital would be the equivalent of consuming 15 cigarettes! (source : lepetitjournal.com)
No surprise then, that following the example of Australia (project of the ""..."), the One Central Park" in Sydney by Jean Nouvel and Patrick Blanc), urban planning agencies are interested in the concept of a plant tower.
In preparation for the 2015 International Exhibition, the architect Stefano Boeri has indeed imagined a real estate project consisting of two high-rise buildings (80 and 112 metres, i.e. 27 storeys) entirely planted with vegetation, in order to recreate a kind of "vertical forest".
Bosco Vertical would offer a living area of 50,000 m2 per tower, divided into apartments with terraces arranged in a staggered pattern that could incorporate no less than 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 various plants, the equivalent of one hectare of forest.
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These new hanging gardens of Babylon, recreated in the Garibaldi-Repubblica district of Milan, will contribute to better climate regulation by absorbing CO2 and producing humidity, and will also provide protection against the multiple industrial dusts of northern Italy.
Roof-mounted wind turbines and solar collectors will cover part of the energy costs incurred by the inhabitants, while rainwater will be harvested and filtered to irrigate plants.
The project, which is currently under construction, has been estimated at €65 million. To buy one of these tree-lined apartments, you will have to pay between €665,000 and €2 million.
Maryline Passini, Blog Proâme – 2013
Image Credits: Stefano Boeri Agency ©