A forest among the skyscrapers

The two plant-covered towers of the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) by starchitect Stefano Boeri stand out in this new Manhattan-like skyline. The idea behind this skyward forest is as simple as it is innovative: giving back to nature the space urbanisation is taking from it. Hosting about 800 trees and 15,000 plants, the vegetation covering both towers is equivalent to a 20,000sqm forest.

The sustainable residential buildings contribute to the construction of a microclimate, producing humidity, absorbing CO2 and dust particles and giving oxygen in return. It’s also home to a variety of birds, butterflies and other insects, and has become a natural magnet for a spontaneous recolonisation of the city.

When the project was completed in 2014, Boeri’s visionary idea still seemed a radical one. Three years on, Studio Boeri has commissions around the world, currently working on different woodland projects in China, Switzerland and the Netherlands.