The Italian architect Stefano Boeri is going to bring his famous vertical forest idea to Nanjing, China. This project is set to be completed in 2018 and will feature over 3500 plants which are engulfing the facades of two very large towers, helping to regenerate local biodiversity while cleaning the air.
The Nanjing Vertical Forest will be characterized by a high density of lush vegetation supported by balconies along the building facade. More than 600 tall trees and 500 medium sized trees from 23 local species will be used, along with 2500 cascading vines and shrubs, to cover a 6,000 square meter surface area. The plantings are estimated to absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide per year, while contributing 60 kg of fresh oxygen to the atmosphere per day.
The luscious green skyscrapers will hold a museum, commercial spaces, a private club on the rooftop and a green architecture school, among other things. The smaller of the two towers will also feature a Hyatt Hotel with a rooftop pool.