Two green towers in China

Italian architectural firm Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularised in Milan to Nanjing, China, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers.

The two towers will rise 656 feet and 354 feet above the Nanjing Pukou District, described by the architects as an area that will lead modernisation efforts in the south of China’s Jiangsu province and help develop a Yangtze River economic zone.

Covered by vegetation, the two green towers could provide the city with a breath of fresh air, producing around 60 kilograms of oxygen every day as they absorb carbon dioxide.  They will accomplish this air-cleaning feat with 1,100 flourishing trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants.

The taller tower will include offices, a museum, a green architecture school and a rooftop club. The second tower will host a 247-room hotel and rooftop swimming pool. A 65-foot podium will include shops, restaurants and a conference hall. Balconies on the buildings will allow inhabitants to get up close to the nature thriving on the building facades, which will be covered by 600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees and an array of cascading plants.


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