Let us introduce you to the greener future of urbanized landscapes – vertical forests in Nanjing, China. These two forest-like buildings are called Nanjing Towers, and they’ll produce 132 pounds (60kg) of oxygen every day once they’re completed in 2018. With environmental concerns being a huge problem in overpopulated and overpolluted China, innovative projects like this are – literally – a much-needed breath of fresh air.
Each of the Nanjing Towers will stand 656ft and 354ft respectively, and between them, they’ll house over 1,000 trees and approximately 2,500 shrubs from 23 different local species. The taller tower will contain offices, a museum, a green architecture school and a rooftop club. When it comes to the smaller tower, it’s just as impressive, as it will house a rooftop pool and a 247-room Hyatt hotel. Balconies will afford visitors stunning views of the dizzying vertical forests that are intended to help regenerate local biodiversity.
The architectural masterpiece is designed by Stefano Boeri who has already created vertical forests in Milan (Italy) and Lausanne (Switzerland).
These towers in Nanjing, China will contain vertical forests that will house 2,500 shrubs and over 1,000 trees
The 23 different tree varieties will produce around 132 pounds (60kg) of oxygen every day
They were designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri and they will be completed in 2018
Similar buildings have also been planned by the architect for Lausanne, Switzerland
And two vertical forests, called Bosco Verticale, have already been built in Milan, Italy
For more eco designs check out this floating gym in Paris.