“In Milan, a forest will soon be planted in the sky. Building works for a pair of skyscrapers that will become home to the world’s first vertical forest is underway. The brainchild of architect Stefano Boeri, the €65 million ‘Bosco Verticale’ is already under construction. When complete, the skyscrapers will contain luxury apartments, each one equipped with a copious balcony specially designed to hold around 900 small trees and other plants. If planted on the ground the total vegetation would cover an area of 10,000 square metres.
As well as providing green outdoors space for residents, and providing the city with some much needed green views, the project should have a range of other benefits, including:
absorbing CO2 and dust particles
reducing noise pollution to the building
improving the microclimate
saving energy by sheltering the building from solar radiation in summer
reducing rainwater run-off so curbing flooding.
And all this, claims Boeri, for a premium of just 5% on the cost of normal high rises.”
Source, more at: thisbigcity.net