Are There Actually Forests Growing in the Sky?
As a demand to bring back greenery in urban markets, architects have started thinking beyond traditional greenery and have begun planting what appears as forests in the sky.
Conceptualized by Stefano Boeri, he explains that the Vertical Forest movement is an alternative urban environment that allows [residents] to live close to trees, shrubs, and plants within the city; such a condition can be generally found only in the suburban houses with gardens, which are a development model that consume agricultural soil and which is being now recognized as energy-consuming, expensive and far from communal services found in the compact city. "
The photo above shows the first vertical building that was built by architecture firm Boeri Studio. It was completed in October 2014 in Milan, Italy and has approximately 1100 trees from 23 local species that cover 60,000 square feet of plantable area.
Since 2014, the Boeri Studio has pitched similar buildings in multiple other cities. Their most recent work is The Nanjing Vertical Forest slated for completion in 2018 in Asia. With the success of the buildings, the firm plans to design additional vertical forests across China. These will include Chongqing, Guizhou, Liuzhou, Shanghai and Shijiazhuang.
While the Boeri Studio is focusing on expanding their design in Asia, other architects around the world have started to mimic the style. The video above demonstrates 7 apartments that have or will have used the vertical forest design to create sustainable apartments.