MILAN, ITALY - A high rise forest is under construction in Milan. A pair of apartment towers at Bosco Verticale, the tallest of which is 27 stories, will serve as a home for forest areas that would otherwise by displaced by construction sprawl. Project architect Stefano Boeri reportedly saw costs rise about 5 percent over a conventionally constructed residential high rise.
The pair of buildings will host 900 trees (each measuring 9, 18 or 27 feet tall) apart fromas well as a wide range of shrubs and floral plants.
On flat land, each Bosco Verticale equals, in amount of trees, an area equal to 90,000 square feet of forest.
At his website architect Boeri says the Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recovers and produces energy. It creates a microclimate by filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and noise pollution.
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