The Nanjing Green Towers will include 600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees (for a total amount of 1100 trees from 23 local species) and 2500 cascading plants and shrubs that will help regenerate biodiversity, absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide annually, and produce 60 kg of oxygen every single day.
Designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, who has already built two vertical forests known as the Bosco Verticale in Milan.
“Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders. The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest contributes to the construction of a microclimate, produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen.”
The two towers, promoted by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned National Investment Group, will stand at heights of 656 feet and 354 feet. The taller of the two towers will house offices, a museum, a terrace club, a green architecture school, and a private rooftop club.
- World’s largest eco-city
- 30 km2 (10 mi2) area
- 2nd Sino-Singapore Joint Project
- Cost: 250 billion yuan ($41 mil.)
- Initiation: November 2007
- Completion date: 2020
- Population: 350,000
- Using Tianjin eco-city as a scalable prototype, China hopes to build 100 model cities, 200 model counties, 1,000 model districts and 10,000 model towns by 2015, in order to accommodate the 350 million Chinese who will migrate to urban centers in the next 25 years.