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Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest)

Designed by Boeri Studio, Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is the response to a contemporary demand: the desire to live in a natural ecosystem without sacrificing comfort, centrality and security. The towers are conceived to deliver outstanding environmental sustainability, to assure residents the highest comfort standards, to give those who live in them stunning views and to become an ever-changing landmark for Milan: since their exterior will gradually renew its colour with the passing seasons, they will be a beautiful addition to the skyline of the entire city.

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The greenery that surrounds the terraces generates a feeling of intimacy and creates a very striking hanging garden landscape. The perfect balance between architectural structure and technological systems guarantees exceptional environmental performance, reducing temperature variation, producing oxygen and absorbing significant amounts of airborne pollution.

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The entrance lobbies of Bosco Verticale feature large transparent surfaces that melt with exterior spaces in a unique scenery celebrated by the greenery of the “Giardino De Castillia”. Conciergerie, waiting room, mail consultation, equipped area for leisure time are all common spaces designed with the same natural materials in warm tones.

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The common areas have been designed and furnished by Dolce Vita Homes in collaboration with Coima Image and studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, promoting a style that celebrates Italian elegance and creativity.

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The two Bosco Verticale buildings offer a wide assortment of sizes and furnishing options. Apartments opening onto spectacular views, capable of satisfying every desire: from compact, functional two-roomed apartments to the roomy penthouses and duplexes. Every room is designed to deliver the right balance of liveability and efficient use of space, favouring floods of natural light, the absolute star feature of every apartment.

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Those who will live in Bosco Verticale will be able to choose for one of three different finishing styles: Gipsy, Contemporary and Boutique. The wide, varied offering of apartment types also includes residential units delivered fully equipped and ready for immediate use. The illustrations above show some examples of interior design, finished by Dolce Vita Homes.

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Bosco Verticale offers original and exclusive residential solutions, thanks to the wide variable size terraces surrounding it and representing real rooms in the open air. The different widths allow the personalization of the terraces style, from large open-air dining areas to more secluded corners for reading and relax. The resident will be able to experience the unique sensation of living in a suspended garden, where the greenery flows into magnificent views overlooking a landscape that extends into infinity.

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The towers’ terraces be covered by more than 1.000 different species, including trees, small bushes and flowering plants, generating a landscape of hanging gardens making Bosco Verticale unique. An aesthetic and sensorial experience also enjoyed by those simply passing by through a thrilling, constantly-changing landscape, a seasonal progression of colours and plants, in an environmental, energy-saving system unlike anything else in the world.

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The maintenance of the greenery of Bosco Verticale throughout time will be provided by a regular service managed at the condominium level. Seasonal and specialistic prunings will allow trees to grow in a dimension tailored to the requirements of the building’s facades. The centralised organization of these maintenance activities will keep the greenery healthy and attractive while optimising overall resources.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti:

Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders.

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The first example of the Vertical Forest composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height, will be realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters tall) and over 2000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants that are distributed in relation to the façade’s position to towards the sun. On flat land, each Vertical forest equals, in amount of trees, an area equal o 7000 m2 of forest. In terms of urban densification the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings of nearly 75.000 m2. The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest aids in the construction of a microclimate, produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen.

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Project Data:

Project name: Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest)
Location: Via Gaetano de Castillia, 13-15, 20124 Milan, Italy
Coordinates: 45.485813, 9.190191
Type: Skyscraper, Condominium
Program: Residential towers
Project Area: 30,501 sqm
Height: 85 meters (Tower D), 117 meters (Tower E)
Stories: 18 (Tower D), 27 (Tower E)
Project Year: 2009-2014
Status: Built
Completion Year: October 2014


  • 2015 – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards – Category: Best Tall Building Europe – Winner
  • 2014 – International Highrise Award – Winner

The people:

Owner: Fondo Porta Nuova Isola
Developer: Hines Italia
Architects: Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri Architetti) – Via G. Donizetti 4 201122, Milan, Italy
Structural Engineer: Arup
MEP Engineer: Deerns
Main Contractor: ZH Construction Company S.p.A.
LEED consultant & vertical transportation: Deerns
landscape designer: Boeri Studio, Studio Emanuela Borio, Studio Laura Gatti
Text Description: © Courtesy of Boeri Studio, CTBUH, International Highrise Award
Images: © Boeri Studio, Marco De Trizio, Paolo Rosselli, flickr-Sebastian Grote, flickr-Forgemind ArchiMedia, flickr-B Plessi, flickr-Chas Pope, flickr-ste3371, flickr-Massimiliano Sechi

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