Italian architect Stefano Boeri, the mind behind the Bosco Verticale in Milan and the Ca’ Delle Alzaie in Treviso, continues to promote sustainable residential buildings. He is best known for his innovative vertical forest projects. The first example of his vertical forest is the Bosco Verticale. It consists of two residential towers located in the center of Milan, Italy. These residential buildings also played host to over 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 floral plants. Inaugurated in October 2014, the twin green towers today are indeed a model of vertical densification of nature within a bustling city. Boeri aimed to build more vertical forests in many parts of the world, not just in Italy. Today, his Vertical Forest projects are currently in creation in China, Europe, South America, and the United States. Boeri also plans to extend his concept into Africa by proposing three vertical forests for Cairo.
The project will comprise three cube-shaped residential buildings located in Cairo, Egypt. Each cuboid building will measure 30 meters (98.4 feet) in both width and height. Construction is set to begin in 2020 and is slated to be completed by 2022. One building will serve as a hotel while the other two will become apartment blocks. More importantly, the three buildings will feature terraces that are filled with lush greenery. There will be a total of 350 trees and 14,000 shrubs and plants belonging to over 100 local species.
Stefano Boeri unveils his project to build a vertical forest in Cairo which consists of three residential buildings harboring 350 trees and 14,000 plants
The different species of plants will be chosen according to the local climate so as to allow them to bloom at different times of the year. As a result, the vertical forest will present a beautiful façade that will change appearance with the season. Aesthetically aside, the plant life would also significantly improve the city’s air quality.
Boeri is working in partnership with fellow architect architect Francesca Cesa Bianchi to make this project a reality. This is also a part of a wider campaign called ‘Greener Cairo’, along with the initiative to build green corridors and green roofs to regenerate natural environment and promote urban biodiversity.