Vertical forest complexes are becoming increasingly popular! Vietnam has it; the Solforest Ecopark luxury development is one of the tallest vertical gardens in the world. Similarly, dramatic plans for a ‘Vertical Village‘ in Paris were laid out. China already has one in Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden that takes pride in standing tall as a vertical forest with 826 apartments. Joining the green brigade is Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex, the first of his vertical forest towers in China. The Easyhome Huanggang vertical forest city complex consists of five towers, two residential, while the rest is dedicated to hotels and large commercial spaces. People have already started moving into this lush residential development of 4.54 hectares.
The two residential towers are 80 meters high and swathed in absolute greenery. A whopping 404 trees absorb 22 tons of carbon dioxide a year while producing 11 tons of oxygen. In addition to the trees, the homes also comprise 4,620 shrubs and 2,408 sq. m of grass, flowers, and climbing plants. According to Wallpaper, ‘The completion of Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex is a big step in the practice of Stefano Boeri’s green concept in China,’ says 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.’
Adds Pietro Chiodi, project director of Stefano Boeri Architetti China: ‘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.’