Vertical Forest (Bosco Verticale) is a shining example of sustainable residential development and metropolitan reforestation which contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without urban sprawl exerting more pressure on the immediate area
Stefano Boeri of Boeri Studio
Completed in October 2014 the complex comprises a pair of residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy and was designed by Boeri Studio, the partners of which are Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra.
The towers have respective heights of 110 metres and 76 metres and host 900 trees (each measuring three to nine meters) and 11,000 perennial plants and 5,000 shrubs distributed having regard to the travel of the sun. On a flat plane, each Vertical Forest equates, in terms of trees, an area equivalent to 7000 square meters of forest. In terms of urban density, the towers are the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings normally occupying approximately 75.000 square meters. The Verticle Forest concept increases biodiversity and fosters an urban ecosystem able to be inhabited by birds and insects. Bosco Verticale is home to an estimated population of 1,600 specimens of birds and butterflies.
On November 19, 2014 Bosco Verticale won the International High-rise Award, a prestigious international competition conducted every two years and honouring excellence in recently constructed buildings which stand a minimum of 100 meters high. The five finalists were selected from twenty six nominees based in seventeen countries.
On November 12, 2015 the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) selected Bosco Verticale as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards.