If you thought you’ve seen it all by now, think again because China has devised a revolutionary approach to solving their extreme pollution problem – vertical gardens scaling high buildings.
Well, to be honest it’s not that it hasn’t been seen already, countries like Italy and Mexico have already started using this method but it’s the first one in Asia to speak of. An Italian architecture firm called Stefano Boeri Architetti is going to build the first one in Nanjing, China.
First they’re planning to build two towers known as Vertical Forests in Nanjing’s Pukou District which are planned to be finished in 2018. There will be 600 tall trees, 500 medium trees and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs, covering an area of 6000m2.
“A real vertical forest that will help to regenerate local biodiversity, will provide 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kg of oxygen per day,” the firm said in its statement.
One of the towers will be taller, 656 feet high topped with a “green lantern” housing offices, a private rooftop club, a museum and a “green architecture school”. The second one will be 354 feet tall, Hyatt hotel with a swimming pool on the rooftop. Amazing!
This amazing design will provide an increase of biodiversity because it will give birds and insects a new place to colonize and breed, in addition to the plants and trees which will be increasing humidity, pumping out oxygen and absorbing CO2 and dust.
This so called green architecture is the latest trend and has been present in the architectural world for some time. Stuttgart in Germany has around a quarter of its flat roofs covered in greenery while in London there is 121,000m2 of green surface on the rooftops.
It’s no wonder China is trying to find a way to cut back on pollution considering their smog problem, especially in Beijing and especially in recent years. Could they have found a solution in these vertical forests? They seem like a cool idea but I guess we’ll have to wait until 2018 to see how effective they’ll be!