CON­CRETE JUN­GLE

Element - - Clean Technology -

By the end of 2012, a hectare of trees will have been planted in the cen­tral city of Mi­lan in Italy – on the sides of a build­ing. The world’s first ‘ver­ti­cal for­est’ is un­der con­struc­tion and, when it is com­plete, the twin tow­ers of the de­vel­op­ment will stand 27 floors high, and be home to 730 trees, 5000 shrubs and 11,000 ground plants. It will be known as the ‘Bosco Ver­ti­cale’, and its de­sign­ers en­vis­age that it will act as a fil­ter for pol­lu­tion, at­tract birds and wildlife, and pro­vide shade on hot sum­mer days. Apart­ments in the build­ing will range from $1.1mil­lion for a low-level, 80 square-me­tre apart­ment to $3.2mil­lion for a 200-square-me­tre pent­house suite with views over the city (be­tween the trees). Tree va­ri­eties have been tested with wind tur­bines, so that only va­ri­eties strong enough to re­sist high winds have been se­lected. The tow­ers are the brain­child of world renowned Mi­lan ar­chi­tect, 55-year-old Ste­fano Bo­eri.

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