The two residential towers are part of “biomilano”, a manifesto written by Boeri on the sustainable urban development of Milan. The idea for the green residential towers came to him during a visit to Dubai in 2007, where he realized the explosive rate at which environmentally inefficient high-rises are being thrown up around the world. This situation prompted him to think about realistic sustainable alternatives in the area of high-rise construction. His solution came in the form of green, organic facades.
Living in a vertical forest
The “vertical forest” – as “Bosco Verticale” translates in English – aims to actively contribute to the regeneration of the environment and increasing biodiversity in major cities. Measuring 80 and 112 metres, the two towers feature a living area of 50,000 square metres and an additional 10,000 square metres of forest, with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 perennials and groundcover on the building facades. The irregular arrangement of the balconies was designed to create a natural effect, while also providing sufficient room for the plants.