Milan’s Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) has won the International Highrise Award 2014, from the City of Frankfurt.
The International Highrise Award is given by the City of Frankfurt to honour structures that combine exemplary sustainability.
Bosco verticale is residential development located close to the Porta Garibaldi train station in the city’s Porta Nuova area.
The towers were designed by Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra .
The two towers have a height of 119 and 87 metres and are correlated with the policies for reforestation and naturalization of the large urban and metropolitan borders (Metrosbosco) of the city of Milan.
Metrobosco and Bosco Verticale are devices for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities.
Together they create two modes of building links between nature and city within the territory and within the cities of contemporary Europe.
With over 900 trees installed on terraces on the towers, there is over 10,000 square metres of forest.
The plants serve to filter dust, pollen and pollution form the environment surrounding the towers, they act as sun shields in the summer months and weather shields in the winter, thus reducing heating and air conditioning costs.
The building is equipped with Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems and the trees will be watered by grey water produced by the tower.
The other four finalists of the International Award include:
- De Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, which, with a total area of approximately 160 000 sqm claims to be the largest building in Europe.
- The One Central Park in Sydney, Australia is a residential/retail development that also strives to unite nature and the urban landscape in harmony.
- Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, previously Hotel Catalonia Plaza Europa, is a skyscraper and hotel in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Catalonia, Spain.
- The Sliced Porosity Block, is a building complex in Chengdu, China. The design is shaped to give the surrounding residential neighbourhood enough daylight during the day. The angles of the sun prescribe the shape of the towers.