VERTICAL FOREST CITY COMPLEX, A NEW GREEN DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA

Stefano boeri architetti has completed china’s first vertical forest — previously featured on designboom. Titled the easyhome huanggang vertical forest city complex, the scheme comprises five towers, two of which are residential and are designed as ‘vertical forests’ — stefano boeri’s model for sustainable residential buildings. since a few weeks ago, the first tenants moved in. 

The project, which has been designed as a new green development capable of integrating buildings for residences, hotels, and large commercial spaces, is located in an area bounded by three streets and each of the different functional areas is connected to an open public space. 

THE PRESENCE OF TREES AND SHRUBS ACCENTUATE THE DESIGN

The easyhome huanggang vertical forest city complex by stefano boeri architetti is a new type of vertical forest combining open and closed balconies. The regularity of the building is interrupted by these balconies, which create a rhythm that is both continuous and ever-changing. The presence of trees and shrubs accentuate the design while developing freely with foliage that fits perfectly into the façade design.

‘the design allows an excellent view of the tree-lined façades, enhancing the sensorial experience of the greenery and integrating the plant landscape with the architectural dimension,’ said stefano boeri. ‘thus, the inhabitants of the residential towers have the opportunity to experience the urban space from a different perspective while fully enjoying the comfort of being surrounded by nature.’

Conceived as an innovative green space for the city, the project has been designed to meet the daily needs of residents, as well as temporary guests and tourists. the greenery of the vertical forest, selected from local species, is made up of 404 trees (the main trees are ginkgo biloba, osmanthus fragrans, acer griseum, ligustrum lucidum and  chimonanthus praecox); 4620 shrubs (the main middle shrubs and small shrubs are hibiscus mutabilis, elaeagnus pungens, nandina domestica and  euonymus alatus); 2408 square meters of perennial grass, flowers and climbing plants like ophiopogon bodinieri, sedum lineare and liriope spicata), absorb 22 tons/year of CO2 and produce 11 tons/year of O2.

‘the completion of huanggang vertical forest city complex is a big step in the practice of stefano boeri’s green concept in china,’ said xu yibo, partner of stefano boeri architetti china. ‘this project represents very comforting news for all of us: we hope that one day everyone will have the chance to live close to nature in their own private area rather than just in public buildings. the vertical forest model in residences will fundamentally transform the landscape of future cities and change people’s expectations for future ecological life.’

‘the first vertical forest built in china has a double meaning: for us, it opens a new architectural typology – with extruded volumes fitting among the trees – while for huanggang it may trigger an overall process of regeneration and redevelopment of the urban context,’ concluded pietro chiodi, project director of stefano boeri architetti china.

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