Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
Vertical Forest – Milan
A short description of the NBS project
Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban 1 without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders. The first example of the Vertical Forest consisting of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height was realized in the Centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighborhood (hosting 900 trees and over 20,000 plants distributed according to the sun exposure of the façade). The creation of a number of Vertical Forests in the city can set up a network of environmental corridors which will give life to the main parks in the city, bringing together the green space of avenues and gardens and interweaving various spaces of spontaneous vegetation growth.
The objectives of the intervention are:
1. VF01 is a project for the environmental survival of contemporary cities
2. VF01 multiplies the number of trees in cities
3. VF01 is a tower for trees inhabited by humans
4. VF01 is an anti-sprawl device
5. VF01 demineralizes urban surfaces
6. VF01 reduces the pollution of the urban environment
7. VF01 reduces energy consumption
8. VF01 is a multiplier of urban 1
9. VF01 is an ever-changing urban landmark
10. VF01 is a living ecosystem
NBS Implementation context
Description of the NBS
object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale
Urban density/ Soil consumption
high (dense city center, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Leader: Boeri studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)
Main partners: Studio Laura Gatti (landscaping) & Studio Emanuela Borio (landscaping)
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Global Estimated cost of the project
more than 5M€
Description of the financing mechanism
HINES is a privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm
Maximize material productivity and energy efficiency
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention
more than 30
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
The process benefit from the existing knowledge (from all the stakeholders) regarding NbS in cities and it was possible to generate the missing knowledge
The process suffer from the concerns of some of the stakeholders regarding the unknown consequences
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Pilot project of urban forest in a skyscraper
Has the project received a prize, an award?
On 19 November 2014, Bosco Verticale won the International Highrise Award, prestigious international competition bestowed every two years, honouring excellence in recently constructed buildings that stand a minimum of 100 meters (328 feet) tall. The five finalists were selected from 26 nominees in 17 countries.
On 12 November 2015, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale as the overall “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner, celebrated at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)