Inaugurated in October 2014 in the vicinity of “I Giardini di Porta Nuova", the Bosco verticale (Vertical Forest) is composed of two residential towers respectively 111 metres and 78 metres high designed by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra).
These two prestigious buildings, that cultivate more than 900 species of trees (approximately 550 trees in the first tower and 350 in the second) on 8900 m² of staggered terraces, is an active interface to the surrounding environment. It is a metropolitan reforestation project that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and the biodiversity.
A green building where the combination of architecture and technology guarantee optimal environmental performance, reducing temperature fluctuations, contributing to the production of oxygen and ensuring a significant uptake in the absorption of fine particle emissions.
The Milanese building won the International Highrise Award 2014 (every two years it is awarded to the most beautiful and modern skyscraper around the globe) selected from over 800 skyscrapers worldwide.
In June 2015 the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat promoted by the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago awarded the Vertical Forest the title of ‘Best European Architecture’ of 2015.
As stated in the reasons for the award: "What makes the idea exceptional is the deployment of the plants which act as an extension of the building’s exterior envelope. The jury has defined this exploration of the viability of greenery at such heights as ground-breaking”.
In fact, the Vertical Forest was designed to accommodate as many plants as 7000 m2 of a normal horizontal forest.