Tree planting takes a new direction in Italy

In Milan, an innovative project featuring two unusual skyscrapers is almost complete.

The structures have been designed to support enough trees to cover one hectare of forest, with the plants positioned on the buildings’ exterior, forming what appear to be vertical woodlands in the heart of the city.

The upright forest buildings were designed by an Italian architecture practice known as Boeri Studio. So far, 900 trees have been planted in containers on the outsides of the towers, which will be joined by 11,000 flowering plants and 5,000 shrubs.

Both large and small trees are being used in the project, which have been selected specifically to survive at the required altitudes and in the exposed positions of the skyscrapers’ facades.

It is hoped that the vegetation will help to improve the city’s air quality by producing oxygen and removing CO2, as well as providing shade and humidity for the building’s residents. The innovation will also create habitats for insects and birds in central Milan.

If the project succeeds, and more of the green skyscrapers are built, it could eventually create wildlife corridors that join all of the city’s green spaces together.

In Britain, the Welsh government recently extended its “Plant!” project, in which a tree is planted for every child adopted or born in the nation, to include an equivalent number of trees planted in Uganda. In the hillier north of the country, many building projects might benefit from incorporating more greenery and flora, which could be achieved by contacting architects in North Wales to draw up a workable design.

Posted by Mark
May 22, 2014
New Buildings

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