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Bosco Verticale by Boeri Studio

Awards: RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018

Stefano Boeri Studio, 2015

As a follow on from my previous blog post, I aim to look within the urban transformation of the Porta Nuova area and focus on two of the twenty towers which have been built in the last decade (E, Giacomello, 2015). These residential towers are named Bosco Verticale.

These ‘vertical forests’ are now one of the most symbolic buildings in Milan. The towers alike the overall Porta Nuova project act as a front runner in numerous ways and illustrate the change in the Milanese attitudes toward an alternative future. Additionally these biological towers, in response to the increase of air pollution and awareness of such which is specifically concentrated within cities, provide a unique solution to urban architecture with a strong underlying purpose. Helping reduce Milan’s renowned smog and leading the way for others to follow.

In most cases, greenery such as flora and fauna are used in ornamental ways to enhance an urban area. However in this case the towers are specifically designed to work in unison with the hand-picked vertical forest. This reverse method of providing beneficial green space or reforestation vertically densifies the building and therefore the land used, among other very positive impacts. The two towers are

80m and 112m, planted with almost 17,000 trees, shrubs and plants. This provides the equivalent greenery- over an urban surface of 1,500m2 – of 20,000m2 of forest and undergrowth” – RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018

Photo authors own, 2019

The structures multi-functionality is impressive to say the least, merging numerous strong design aspects into impressive innovative structures. This is an exemplar project for new directions in high-rise design and looks at the alternative home of the future for high-density city life. I feel it successfully collates utopian visions and achieves these in an intuitive revolutionary manner where alongside the designers book A Vertical Forest: Instructions booklet for the prototype of a forest city (2015) the project can help bridge the gap from dreams to reality.

I would like to end on an excerpt from a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Research Paper

The greenery of the plantings is underscored by the grey color of the exterior walls, making the plants the protagonists of an architectural story of great visual, environmental, and ultimately, societal impact. “

Photo authors own, 2019


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