Nanjing’s Vertical Forests Spread to other Cities

The Bosco Verticale or vertical forest, a building shrouded in thousands of trees and shrubbery, will feel right at home in China.


The father of that concept, Italian architect Stefano Boeri, is transplanting the idea in a country whose cities are in dire need of carbon-clearing, oxygen-spewing organisms. However, his engagement in China will not be a one-off.

Boeri’s firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti, has been commissioned to develop entire vertical forest cities. Masterplans for these cities are already underway in Liuzhou and Shijiazhuang, Blueprint reported.

Stefano Boeri’s vertical forest in Milan, Italy. Image credit: Stefano Boeri Architetti

“It wouldn’t just be residential towers,” Boeri told BluePrint. “It will be schools, hospitals, museums, everything that makes up a city.

“It will be a vertical forest revolution.”

Two of these forested skyscrapers are already rising in Nanjing. Set for completion next year, the buildings, located adjacent to each other, are expected to absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide every year and exhale around 130 pounds of oxygen every day. At 650 feet and 500 feet, the buildings dwarf Boeri’s pioneering project in Milan, two side-by-side buildings towering 250 feet and 360 feet.

“Nanjing’s buildings will have different plant species than Milan because Nanjing has different conditions and its own biodiversity, but the philosophy and approach for the buildings is the same,” Boeri said.

He is especially proud of the Italian project. “It’s an ecosystem. For every tenant, you have basically two trees, eight shrubs and 20 plants.”

A Hyatt hotel will be housed in the Nanjing buildings, in addition to offices and a museum.

Aside from China, Bosco Verticales are also due to sprout in Tirana, Albania and Paris. A vertical forest in Lausanne, Switzerland will begin construction in just a few weeks.

Here’s Boeri speaking at length about the forested structures:

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