First Vertical Forest in Asia will be Covered in Over 3,000 Plants

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Italian architect Stefano Boeri is set to bring his famed vertical forest to Nanjing, China. The new project, to be completed in 2018, will see 1,110 trees and 2,500 shrubs engulf the facades of two enormous towers.

The Nanjing towers will stand 656 feet and 354 feet tall and will be the first forest skyscrapers in Asia. Boeri's aim is to help regenerate local biodiversity through the architecture, with 23 local tree species used in the landscaping.

Similarly to the Vertical Forest in Milan, the building will cut a striking figure. As the seasons change, hues of green and pink will rotate across the facade, creating nature's “paint.” But it's not all aesthetics. The firm estimates that the vertical forest will produce 132 pounds of oxygen every day as it absorbs carbon dioxide.

So just what will go inside these luscious, green skyscrapers? The taller tower is set to hold a museum, offices, a rooftop club, and a green architecture school. The second, smaller tower will house a Hyatt hotel with a rooftop pool. Shops, restaurants, and a conference hall will be included in a 65-foot high podium. Throughout the building, balconies will allow visitors to take in the landscaping and feel a retreat into the great outdoors even while up in the air.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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