Stefano Boeri Architetti to build ‘vertical forest’ in Milan

20 October 2011 (Last Updated October 20th, 2011 18:30)

Italian architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti is building a 'vertical forest' in Milan, Italy.

Italian architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti is building a 'vertical forest' in Milan, Italy.

The project, named Bosco Verticale, will comprise two residential towers of 110m and 76m in the Isola neighbourhood of Milan, which will house 900 trees each, as well as a wide range of shrubs and floral plants.

The buildings will create a forested area equivalent to 10,000m² of forest on flat land; a canopy will protect the buildings from radiation and noise pollution.

The towers will feature an irrigation and filtering system that recycles grey water for maintenance of the plants, and photovoltaic solar cells will help contribute to the buildings' energy self-sufficiency.