According to the the Stefano Boeri Architetti studio, “Every day architects all around the world rethink and reinterpret 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.”
Stefano Boeri, the head of a Milan-based architectural atelier has already grown trees in the sky. He oversaw the construction of the Bosco Verticale towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan which won the 2014 International Highrise Award and the 2015 Best Tall Building Worlwide.
This “project for metropolitan reforestation” is the soil for 900 trees and more than 20,000 different shrubs and floral plants. The idea is to contribute to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity by using the restricted construction spaces in modern metropolitan areas to its full potential.
According to the United Nations, currently more than half of the planet’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, it is expected that 66% of people will live in cities, compared to only 30% in 1950. A great part of this change is due to urbanization processes in Asia.
Now China, which has one of most polluted cities on the planet, is planning to use Stefano Boeri’s expertise and vision all over the country.
Stefano Boeri Architetti are already commissioned to construct the first Asian vertical forest towers in the city of Nanjing, the capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province and one of the 30 most polluted cities in the world.
According to a research done by Berkeley Earth, 4,000 people die in China every day from pollution-related issues, Bloomberg reported in 2015.
The two Nanjing towers are expected to produce 132 pounds (63kg) of oxygen between them daily
Their height is projected at 656ft and 354ft respectively
More than 1,000 trees and around 2,500 shrubs from 23 authentic local species will grow on the Nanjing towers
The project is to be completed in 2018
The taller one will be the home of office space, a museum, a school for green architecture and a rooftop club. The smaller one will host a new 247-room Hyatt Hotel
Stefano Boeri Architetti hope to develop similar projects in the cities of Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing in the future.