Stefano Boeri to construct Asia’s first vertical forest tower in China

Backed by Nanjing Yang Zi state-owned national investment group, the Nanjing vertical forest will be the first of its kind in Asia.

stefano boeri’s proposal will see the construction of two towers characterized by the interchanging of green tanks and balconies, following the prototype established in milan. the taller of the two towers will rise to a height of 200 meters, crowned at the top by a ‘green lantern’ with a private rooftop club. floors 8th-35 will host offices, a museum, and a green architecture school. meanwhile, the other tower will house a hyatt hotel and an array of commercial, recreational, and educational facilities.

along the flourishing façades, there will be 600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees among a total of 1,110 trees coming from local species. color will be integrated through the addition of 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs. the project is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and hopes to enliven and boost the development of its pukou district location. most importantly, the towers will help regenerate local biodiversity and provide an estimate of 35 tons of CO2 absorption each year, while producing 60kg of oxygen per day.

project info:


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project: nanjing vertical forest
location: nanjing, china
construction period: 2016-2018
programme: offices and hotel (towers), commercial mall (podium)
partner: stefano boeri, yibo xu
project leader: pietro chiodi
design leader: carolina boccella, bao yinxin
design team: giulia chiatante, agostino bucci, mario tang shilong
plantation consultant: laura gatti, slg
structural consultant: luca buzzoni, arup (italy)
investor: nanjing yang zi state-owned investment group
local design institution: nanjing yangzi river urban architectural design, co. ltd.
local nursery: nanjing zhongshan nursery, co. ltd.

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