CLADmag issue 2 2017

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Nanjing Green Towers, China

We’re creating new spheres, where people, trees and animals can coexist in an environment of wellness Stefano Boeri founder Stefano Boeri Architetti


talian architect and ‘vertical

The project, scheduled for

forest’ pioneer Stefano Boeri has

completion in 2018, is billed by

unveiled his design for a pair of

the developers as “the first vertical

towers in Nanjing, east China,

forest in Asia,” although Boeri is also

covered by 1,100 trees and 2,500

overseeing green schemes in the

cascading plants and shrubs.

Chinese cities Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou,

The Nanjing Green Towers

Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.

complex will house a museum, a

Stefano Boeri is working on a number of major green schemes in China

green architecture school, a private


club and offices in one of the

Boeri told CLAD how the vertical

buildings, and a Hyatt hotel with

forest model promotes wellness and

rooftop pool in the other.

creates sustainable urbanisation.

A 20m (65.6ft) high podium will

“Research has enabled us to

support the towers and have shops,

develop building technologies to

a food market, restaurants, plus

bring trees high up in the sky, and

conference and exhibition space.

irrigate them with recycled water,” he

Around 600 tall trees and 500

said. “This advancement, alongside

medium trees of 23 species will line

ongoing analysis of the vegetation

the building façades, with plants

that can thrive in these environments,

and shrubs also covering 6,000sq

allows us to conceive unique

m (64,500sq ft). The towers will be

buildings specific to their locations.

characterised by the interchange of balconies and green tanks to support the greenery, following the

Boeri said truly environmental

prototype of Boeri’s famous vertical

architecture is necessary “to induce

forests in Milan and Lausanne.

sustainability and a relationship

Boeri says this urban forestation will regenerate local biodiversity by absorbing carbon dioxide and


“The result is new spheres, where people, trees and animals coexist.”

of symbiosis between man, architecture and nature.” He said: “One importantº

producing 60 kg of oxygen per day.

method is the ‘de-mineralisation’ of

The project is being bankrolled

cities – the multiplication of green

by the state-owned Nanjing Yang

surfaces to find a balance between

Zi National Investment Group. It

construction and the natural

will be located in Nanjing’s Pukou

environment. A green surface can

District as a driver for the wider

reduce the air temperature, sink CO2

Yangtze River economic zone.

levels and reduce noise.” l

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