Bosco Verticale. The Italian forest skyscraper is the most beautiful building in the world

Can an innovative skyscraper situated in the business core of Milan fulfill the human need to feel in touch with nature? Apparently the Bosco Verticale can.

After all the hype surrounding the world famous Expo 2015, Milan is back at the centre of the scene thanks to the Italian architect Stefano Boeri and his sustainable Gold LEED certified skyscraper, the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest). The construction won the 2014 International Highrise Award and is 2015’s Best Tall Building Worldwide as announced by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) on the 13th of November, one of the most prestigious architectural prizes of the year.

Stefano Boeri, the architect behind Bosco Verticale

Designed by Boeri Studio now Stefano Boeri Architetti (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra), in collaboration with developer Manfredi Catella (Hines Italia SGR S.p.A.), Bosco Verticale responds to the contemporary demand for an intrinsic need: the desire to live in a natural ecosystem without sacrificing comfort as well as a lifestyle that merges the history of the place with a contemporary vision.


What is the Vertical Forest?

Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without urban sprawl putting more pressure on the surrounding territory. The two residential towers of 110 and 76 metres in height host 900 trees (each 3, 6 or 9 metres tall) and over 2000 plants, a wide range of shrubs and floral species, distributed along the building’s facades in relation to the sun. Coated in hanging gardens, the buildings are conceived to deliver environmental sustainability and assure residents the highest standards of comfort.


The vegetable system of the Bosco Verticale favours the development of a microclimate, produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen, aiding environmental performance. The buildings will also become an ever changing landmark for Milan since their exterior will gradually renew their colour with the passing of the seasons.


Architect Stefano Boeri
Stefano Boeri in 2012 © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images


The CTBUH award

Blowing off many other internationally renowned starchitect firms such as Renzo Piano, UNStudio, OMA, Roger&Partners and so forth, Bosco Verticale won the prestigious award because it “responds to the human need to be in touch with Nature”, as the jury unanimously resolved. Elected 2015’s Best Tall Building Worldwide and in Europe by the CTBUH Annual Awards, Boeri’s Bosco Verticale seems to be the construction others should learn from.


But can a green skyscraper truly fulfill the human need to feel in touch with nature, or does it just fake it? Boeri designed something that makes us rethink the relationship between architecture and nature. Architecture doesn’t have to destroy or invade nature. In fact, the inversion of urbanisation’s predatory relationship with the environemnt is working well as far as this contemporary vertical forest in the heart of Milan is concerned.

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