Plant covered walls and vertical forests are beginning to colour skylines green across the globe, in a bid to bring sustainable living to big cities. From skyscrapers in France to Italian hotels, this new eco-friendly trend is taking the architectural world by storm.
These inspiring projects prove that city living doesn’t have to come at the cost of our environment, with green structures clearing air pollution as well as providing a reprieve from concrete and steel landscapes.
By focusing on creating healthy, ecological and durable buildings, this new movement is improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities all over the world. Let’s look at some examples.
In Milan, Italy…
Award winning architect Stefano Boeri is currently working on his third green walled project; the Mountain Forest Hotel. The 250 room business has been created to improve the quality of air at it’s Guizhou, China location by partnering with local experts and artists.
Vegetation will cover the hotel’s exterior almost entirely; a mixture of trees and shrubs that aim to integrate the natural world with modern designs.
Boeri’s previous works have included ‘The Tower of the Cedars’ in Lausanne Switzerland and the ‘Bosco Verticale’ (The Vertical Forest’) in Italy, a pair of towers which featured a hectare’s worth of trees.
Boeri’s work sets an example for sustainable residential buildings, in what he calls ‘a project for metropolitan reforestation’ that assists in repopulating environmental growth without having to sacrifice urban territory.