The raising levels of pollution continue to be in the centre of attention for many urban centres around the world. China, the country with the highest levels of pollution, will apparently become the first one to tackle the issue by building skyscrapers with vertical forests. An Italian architecture firm called Stefano Boeri Architetti is going to build the first two towers packed with greenery in Nanjing.
The towers would include 600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees, and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs.
The buildings are going to be named Vertical Forests or the Nanjing Green Towers and are due to be completed in 2018. The towers will include 600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees, and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs. In total, this would cover an area of 6,000 square meters (64,600 square feet). The metropolitan forests will absorb up to 25 tons of CO2 a year and produce about 60 kg of oxygen per day.
The taller of the two towers will be 200 meters high and will be crowned by a green lantern. It will host offices (8th-35th floor), a museum, a green architecture school, and a private club on the rooftop. The second tower will be cut in half – 108 meters high – and will provide a Hyatt hotel with 247 rooms of different sizes (from 35 sqm to 150 sqm), and the necessary rooftop swimming pool. After Milan and Lausanne, this is going to be the third prototype, of a project about urban forestation and demineralisation that Stefano Boeri Architects will develop all over the world and in particular in other Chinese cities such as Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.
Similar green architecture is spreading around Europe in recent years. Every fourth flat rooftop in Stuttgart is green, while London is not far behind. The tendency towards green architecture may not be the complete answer to the world’s pollution problem, but it sure is a formidable beginning. Not only it is proven to help clean the air, it also has its very own aesthetic touch attached to it.
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