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06/11/2014

Stefano Boeri’s ‘bosco verticale’ opens in Milan

 
In the center of Milan, close to the Argentinian architect César Pelli’s Unicredit Tower, rise two new residential skyscrapers – 112 and 80 meters tall, with 73 and 40 apartment units, respectively – on whose facades grow over a million different vegetal species. The ‘bosco verticale’ project of Boeri’s firm, construction of which began in 2008, is conceived as an architectural and botanical experiment, and defined by the concept of metropolitan reforestation. Staggered balconies of concrete contain trees, shrubs, and creepers, among other plants, with the aim of creating microclimates for the dwellings. Vegetation reduces energy consumption by regulating the entrance of sunlight, and acts as a protective barrier against noise and dust particles. While photovoltaic panels contribute to the self-sufficiency of the complex, graywater is reused for irrigation.
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