Vertical forests to strike balance between high-rises and nature
NEWDELHI: Haven’ t we all seen skyscrapers and gazed at the tallest tower soft he world? Now imagine a skyscraper that does much more than being tall and taking your breath away! This one, if anything, will restore it and refill your lungs with a gush of fresh oxygen.
Welcometo the worldof vertical foresting, which is slowly becoming a worldwide trend and is becoming the way to strike balance between the jumble of energy consuming high-rise buildings and nature.
The idea of a Vertical Forest was conceived and built by Boeri Studio in Milan, in 2014. When Stefano Boeri came up with the idea of giving back to nature the space we are taking from it with continuous urban sprawl, he thought of Bosco Verticale as a prototype of the skyscrapers of the future.
According to architect Stefano Boeri, “Every day architects all around the world rethink and re interpret the idea of the trees in the sky. Each of these attempts is extremely important for the future of architecture and the future of our planet, because the single thought can have certain impact, but thousands of thoughts can change the world. Slowing down the climate changes, reducing CO 2 emissions, making our living sustainable and in harmony with nature.”
Popularly known as the ‘Tree hugger’, Boeri confesses that all this is still in an experimental stage but hopes the idea becomes a movement someday. He says that vertical fore sting is“our way to show the impact that Bosco V er tic ale is having on the city and on the international architectural community, the discussion it elicits between the people and the ways it influences their everyday life .”
Right after the success of Vertical Forest in Milan—it has been replicated in many other parts of the world and in China in Nanjing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. But China has taken the lead in commissioning a full forest city to Boeri.
Currently, the first forest city is under construction in China which will eventually inhabit offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools, entirely covered by plants and trees. Liuzhou Forest City will be built in the north of Liuzhou, in the mountain area of Guangxi, in the southern part of China; in an area that covers 175 hectares along the Liujiang river. Liuzhou Forest City will host in total 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants of over 100 species.
The Liuzhou Forest City commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning will be completed by 2020. Once completed, the new city will host 30,000 people, absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.
The new green city, entirely wired, will be connected to Liuzhou through a fast rail line used by electric cars and will host various residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, two schools and a hospital.
This model city is being created in a way that it has all the characteristics of an energy selfsufficient urban establishment: Geothermal energy for interior air-conditioning and solar panels over the roofs for collecting renewable energy. The great innovation of Stefano Boeri Architetti’s project is the presence of plants and trees over every building, of all sizes and functions.
The diffusion of plants over the building facades, will allow the energy self-sufficient city to contribute to improving the air quality, to decrease average air temperature, to create noise barriers and to improve the biodiversity of living species.
Bosco Verticale, a pair of vertical forest apartments in Milan, Italy.