Nanjing is looking to give the term “urban jungle” a whole new meaning, bringing in Italian architect Stefano Boeri to add some much-needed greenery to its downtown skyline.
Boeri is famous for his award-winning Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), a pair of residential towers in Milan that are covered on the outside with 900 trees and 2,000 plants.
His architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has now been hired to bring the “vertical forest” concept to Nanjing. Of course, since this is China, the towers will have to be taller and the plants more plentiful. The plan is to construct two towers at 200 meters and 108 meters in height which will be home to some 1,000 trees and 2,500 shrubs and plants that will produce around 132 pounds of oxygen per day, according to inhabitat.
Along with the greenery, the towers will also host offices, shops and restaurants, as well as a museum, a green architecture school, a rooftop club and a Hyatt hotel.
The massive breath of fresh air is expected to be completed in 2018.
[Images via Stefano Boeri Architetti]
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