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China holds a notorious reputation for having frighteningly high rates of pollution and near permanent smog. A new project is looking to counter this toxicity through the introduction of a vertical forest.
Asia’s First Vertical Forest to Debut in Nanjing
After the initial success of it’s prototype in Milan, Architect Stefano Boeri’s concept of a vertical forest will soon make its debut in Nanjing; only the Chinese towers are set to be much larger. This 200 meter high towers promise to provide the air with 132 pounds of oxygen each day, all the while absorbing 35 tons of CO2 each year. The project is being dubbed the first of its kind to comply with the growing trend of modern environmental consciousness, an area which China has often been criticized as lacking on a global scale.
This structure will be comprised of two breathtaking towers; each will house approximately 1,100 tress and 2,500 plants and shrubs. Boeri plans to maximize the greenery’s visual appeal by interspersing the trees with plants and shrubs of varying colors to achieve an elegant and natural scheme. He also hopes that by including 23 different local species of tress, all varying in proportions, that biodiversity will be reanimated in the surrounding areas.
The towers will serve multiple purposes alongside its prominent environmental contribution. The first buildings will be the home of offices, a museum, an architectural school and a rooftop club. The second will be home to a Hyatt hotel and all its amenities, conference rooms, rooftop pool, shops, and restaurants.
Undoubtably, this new development will propel the province Jiangsu further into the direction of modernization as well as provide China with a welcomed economic boost. Talks of expanding the project are already in the works. Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned Investment Group Company Limited is looking to reach Shanghai, Guizhou, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Chongqing and maybe more. The towers in Nanjing are scheduled for completion in 2018.
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