Italian architect Stefano Boeri will build two greenery-covered towers in Nanjing, China. Nanjing Vertical Forest, promoted by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned National Investment Group Co.ltd, will be the first Vertical Forest built in Asia. Given growing concerns over air quality in China, Boeri’s creation serves a particularly practical purpose in Nanjing’s densely populated Pukou district.
The Pukou District is an area destined to lead the modernization of southern Jiangsu and the development of the Yangtze River economic area. Nanjing Vertical Forest, characterized by the interchange of green tanks and balconies, will definitely be the highlight of the area. The towers will be covered with the facades, 600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees (for a total amount of 1,100 trees from 23 local species) and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will cover a 6,000 Sqm area. A real vertical forest, contributing to regenerate local biodiversity, that will provide a 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kg of Oxygen per day.
The taller tower is 200 metres high and is topped by a green lantern. It will host offices (from the 8th floor to the 35th), a museum, a green architecture school and a private club on the rooftop. The second tower, 108 metres high, will feature a Hyatt hotel with 247 room of different sizes (from 35 sqm to 150 sqm) and a swimming pool on the rooftop. The 20 metres high podium, will host commercial, recreational and educative functions, including multi-brands shops,a food market, restaurants, conference hall and exhibition spaces.
Scheduled to be finished in 2018, Nanjing Vertical Forest is based on following the prototype of Milan’s Vertical Forest. Stefano Boeri Architects will develop more projects about urban forestation and demineralisation, in particular in other Chinese cities such as Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.
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