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Bosco Verticale, Milan

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Bosco Verticale is a pair of residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy, between Via Gaetano de Castillia and Via Federico Confalonieri near Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station. They have a height of 111m and 76m and will host more than 900 trees on 8900sqm of terraces. Within the complex is also an 11-story office building; its facade does not host plants.The towers were designed by Boeri Studio . It also involved input from horticulturalists and botanists.The building was inaugurated in October 2014.ConceptThe project was designed as part of the rehabilitation of the historic district of Milan between Via De Castillia and Confalonieri. It consists of two residential towers of which the largest is 26 floors and 110 meters high (called Torre E) and the smaller tower is 18 floors and 76 meters high (called Torre D). It contains 400 condominium units priced from 3,000–12,000 Euro per square metreIt is called Bosco Verticale because each tower houses trees between three and six meters which help mitigate smog and produce oxygen. It is also used to moderate temperatures in the building in the winter and summer. The plants also attenuate noise. The design was tested in a wind tunnel to ensure the trees would not topple from gusts of wind. Botanists and horticulturalists were consulted by the engineering team to ensure that the structure could bear the load imposed by the plants. The steel-reinforced concrete balconies are designed to be 28 cm thick, with 1.30 metre parapets.
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  • A dizzying array of plants in pots placed on staggered balconies of a skyscraper of concrete should represent a forest?! You must be joking!
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  • Materialization of the nightmare evoked by Adriano Celentano in his famous song, ' un albero di trenta piani ', where he advocated ' we'd soon become too we like them. All grey, like wax-faced skyscrapers ... '. Define vertical forest is at least grotesque, anyone who's been in the Woods, the real one, can easily note the lack of any real reference and involvement that only mother nature can deliver. Missing peace, oxygenated air and full of perfumes, the reassuring presence of life both animal and vegetable, the harmony of nature. Here, however, we admire a poured concrete, which is set in concrete, with the backdrop of concrete, so is a 30-story concrete tree '.
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  • There is no comparison on the wonder of vertical forest, a structure unique in every sense, it changes its beauty, following the seasons, its construction is unique in the world. Must see ...
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  • Worth seeing and experincing. Seeing this building makes you feel little more alive!
  • Nice design with a lot of green balcony. Seems very sustainable.
  • Very nice building and environment, do not miss to visit this part of Milan, there is a nice square with super restaurants.
  • By Stefano Boeri architects and engineered by Arup it is a very impressive and original example of contemporary architecture. The slab of each terrace had to be post tensioned to support the heavy loads from the trees and the 1.5 meter of soil. Note the steel cables to secure the bigger plants and the huge bmus (building maintenance unites, sort of cranes) at the top to allow gardeners to tale care of the plants.
  • The new social housing project by Stefano Boeri Architetti is the first to integrate a vertical forest into an affordable residential skyscraper, improving the living conditions often incurred within such developments. 5,200 shrubs and 125 trees will be planted up the 75m tall structure in Eindhoven. Trudo Vertical Forest  contains 125 social housing units over 19 floors to house lower income social groups, particularly young people. Each apartment will include a balcony filled with an array of trees, plants and shrubs for a forest soaring into the city's sky.
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