Italian architect Stefano Boeri has always been obsessed with trees. His best-known design, the Bosco Verticale, or the Vertical Forest, was built in his home city of Milan in 2014.
The innovative LEED Gold certified Vertical Forest is a model of vertical densification of nature within a sustainable residential building. It absorbs 30 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 19 tons of oxygen a year, with a volume of trees equivalent to more than 215,000 square feet of forestland.
Boeri has recently unveiled plans for new Vertical Forest buildings in other European cities, including Lausanne Switzerland, Treviso Italy, and Utrecht Netherlands. He has also masterminded an entire “Forest City” scheduled for completion in 2020 in the Chinese city of Liuzhou, which would cover a sprawling 15-million-square-foot site.
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