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Vertical forest in China, to “host” offices, a school, a club and a swimming pool

The vertical forest, a concept popularized in Milan, is brought to Nanjing, China, by Stefano Boeri Architetti with the Nanjing Towers, two green towers that could produce around 60 kg of oxygen per day. 

The two towers and their vertical forest wilt host 1,100 flourishing trees from 23 local species, as well as 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants.

The two towers will rise at 200 and 108 meters above the Nanjing Pukou District. Stefano Boeri Architetti’s press release thinks that the area will likely boost modernization efforts in the south of Chinese province Jiangsu and will lead to the development of a Yangtze River economic zone.

China's first vertical forest
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The taller tower will host offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club, while the second tower will host a 247-room Hyatt hotel and rooftop swimming pool. A 20-meter high podium will include shops, restaurants, and a conference hall.

The balconies are designed to help residents get close to the vegetation on the towers, that Stefano Boeri Architetti says will help regenerate biodiversity in the area.

China's first vertical forest
Photo: inhabitat.com

The green towers will be the first ones of their kind both in China and Asia.

The architecture firm is planning to design such vertical forests in other Chinese cities, such as Shanghai, Guizhou, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, and Chongqing.

Lydia Peirce

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