About a hundred years ago in internet time I saw this article on the Creators Project tumblr about VERTICAL FORESTS IN ITALY. Sounds nuts right? Sounds like something I’d shout as I woke up from a weird dream I couldn’t explain. “Grmmriieee VERTICAL FORESTS IN ITALY!”
Anyway, this is no dream. This here is as real as the lasagna at Front Street Pizza. Architect Stefano Boeri has figured out a way to “reforest” Milan with two residential towers clad in trees. It recycles gray water and provides a home to some 900 trees and an untold number of smaller shrubs and plants.
If you had asked me how many plants I got on my last big run to the garden center I might have told you I had “an untold number of smaller shrubs and plants.” Thing is, they’re serious, this is actually going to be a forest. Check it!
This is my new go-to precedent for my practicum. I really hope that it is successful.
Vertical gardens seem to be all the rage right now.
A month ago we mentioned Urbio, the versatile system of magnetic pots that can be used to make small vertical gardens in confined office cubicles or cramped flats.
Fern Richardson at Life on the Balcony has some great DIY upcycling ideas, including how to turn a shipping pallet into a vertical planter. The biggest challenge may be getting hold of a pallet, but apparently pallets in Brisbane are the cheapest in Australia. Just a note of caution: If you want to plant herbs or veggies in your pallet, be sure it’s been heat-treated rather than fumigated with pesticides.
Here in Australia, a new company called Wallgarden offers a modular system that can be customised and adapted to any vertical area, whether indoor or outdoor.
And from small-scale to large-scale: plans are underway to construct the world’s first vertical forest. Italian architect Stefano Boeri has designed Bosco Verticale, a 27-storey building in Milan, in which each apartment has a balcony with its own little mini-forest.
Boeri estimates that if the same amount of vegetation were laid out flat, it would require 10,000 square meters of woodland (plus another 50,000 meters of land for the living spaces).
The newest museum in Madrid, CaixaForum, has a vertical garden on one of the exterior walls. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & Meuron, there are 15,000 plants from more than 250 different species that are now covering a 1899 converted former power station.
They managed to get a “very unusual encounter between the rough and the natural” with a high contrast between the restored building that has a rusted iron top and the beautiful green plants.
CaixaForum is a sociocultural center and was inaugurated in the very heart of Madrid on February 2008. It serves as a museum, auditorium, art gallery and bookshop.
The creator of the vertical garden is Patrick Blanc, already known for his work in France (the Quai Branley Office Wing), is expected to install the next one in China or probably in the UK. He actually said that such gardens could be created anywhere, even in “those difficult spaces where you don’t expect to see greenery”. His experience comes from studying rainforests and you can see the results. – via – TreeHugger
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