stefano-boeri-architects-nanjing-vertical-forest-china-designboom-500Asia’s first vertical forest is planned to be built in Nanjing, China!

Vertical forests are a newer architectural concept that combines native trees and shrubs with industrial city towers. The first vertical forest was built in Milan, Italy and completed in October 2014. The towers in Milan are called Bosco Verticale and were designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti. The same designers now plan to build a vertical forest in Nanjing, China.

Stefano Boeri Architetti plans to build two towers overlooking the Nanjing Pukou District to aide in the battle against heavy air pollution. These towers will be covered with 1,100 trees of 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants. It is estimated that the towers will contribute to cleaning the city’s air by absorbing 25 tons of CO2 each year and producing about 60 kg of oxygen per day! The view won’t be too bad either!

The taller tower, at 656 feet tall, will hold offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club. The shorter tower, at 354 feet tall, will be a Hyatt hotel with 247 rooms and a rooftop swimming pool. The shorter tower will also be home to shops, restaurants, and a conference hall. The idea behind the hotel is to bring oxygen benefits and unique nature surroundings to hotel guests.

The architecture firm plans to have Nanjing’s vertical forest completed by the end of 2018 with plans of more vertical forests to follow!

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