A vertical forest with over 3,000 plants that can reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 25 tons per year and produce about 60 kg of oxygen per day: this is the project that architect Stefano Boeri and his studio will realize in Nanjing, China. The vertical forest, similar to the award-winning ones already built in Milan and Lausanne, will be constructed for the first time in Asia and it will be completed in 2018. In the future it is possible that other spectacular green skyscrapers will be erected in other Chinese cities, such as Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing. This is the signal of the renewed interest of one of the most polluting countries in the world for the environment.
The most impressive characteristic of the building will be its prosperous and flourishing vegetation, whose color will change with the seasons. On the facades it will be possible to admire more than 2,500 shrubs and trees, 1,100 large and medium trees, of 23 indigenous species, which will cover an area of 6,000 square meters.
The first tower – 200 meters high – will host offices, a museum, a green architecture school and a private rooftop club. The second tower – 108 meters high – will be occupied by a hotel of the Hyatt chain with 247 rooms and a rooftop pool. The basement – 20 meters high – will house commercial, recreational and educational facilities, including shops, restaurants, conference halls and exhibition spaces.
Plenty of attractions will be available inside, but it will be the outside of the skyscrapers to offer the most impressive sights.
Ilona Catani Scarlett