How to build a Vertical Forest in Nanjiang by the architect Stefano Boeri

A Vertical Forest in Nanjiang which is designed by the architect Stefano Boeri will be build in Asia. The building promoted by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned National Investment Group Co.ltd will be located in the Pukou District in Nanjiang. The two planned towers are designed to have green tanks interchanging with balconies. It follows the built prototype in Milan, Italy.

Along the green facades it is planned to have 600 tall green trees plus 500 medium sized trees. In addition to that we will count 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs. In all the forest will cover an area of 6,000 square meter. It is estimated that this vertical forest will contribute to the local biodiversity. It will also  absorb 25 tons of Co2 and also produce about 60 kg of Oxygen per day.

Vertical Forest in Nanjiang


The taller of the two towers is going to be 200 meter high. It will be topped by a kind of green lantern. The building will house offices (from 8th to 35th floor). There will be also a museum, a green architecture school and also a private club on the top on the roof.

The second tower will be 108 meter high. It will provide a hotel, run by the Hotel chain of Hyatt. Hyatt is a big chain of Hotels all over the world and is at the moment planning to expand their business portfolio in greater china. Since 2006 the company plans to open up to 12 Hotels. This planing contains their different kinds of hotels: Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Rengency and many others. At the moment Hyatt has 679 properties in 54 countries.

With 247 rooms of different sizes it also offers a swimming pool on the roof top. There will be a 20 meter high podium will host diverse functions. For example commercial, recreational and educative functions. It also includes multi brand shops, a food market, restaurants, a conference hall and also exhibition spaces.

Getting Green

The Nanjiing Vertical Forest project is scheduled to be finished in next year 2018. It will be the third prototype, following the buildings in Milan and in Lausanne. Stefano Boeri Architects planned the project for urban forestation and demineralisation. The architects office will develop same projects all over the world. Focusing in particular in other chinese citiers as Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and also Chongqing.

Nanjiang, formally known as Nanking or Nankin is a city which is situated in the very heartland of the lower Yangtze River region in the country China. The city, which has long been a major centre of culture, education, research, politics, economy, transport networks and also tourism. Nanjiang is the capital city of the province of Jiangsu. It is also the second largest city in the east of the big country china. The city is home for 8,230,000 people and about 6600 square kilometers big.

Nanjing, the home of the Vertical Forest in Nanjiang


The City of Nanjing is the capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province. It is roughly 300km up the Yangtze River away from the city of Shanghai. Nanjing was the national capital during part of the famous Ming dynasty. Till now many Many monuments and landmarks remain in Nanjing. This includes for example the  Zhonghua Gate (Gate of China) which is a a preserved 14th-century section of the massive wall. It contains the old city’s southern entrance.

The architect of the Vertical Forest


The architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA) is headquarted and based in Milan, Italy. The creative company have also offices in Shanghai and also Tirana. The Studio dedicate them self to research and practice of architecture and also urbanism. Among the Vertical Forest in Nanjiang there are other well known for the Vertical Forest in Milan. Also the Master plan for Tirana (Albania). Also the Villa Méditerranée in Marseilles and the House of the Sea of La Maddalena are designed by the architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA).

The Vertical Forest in Nanjiang is following Milan’s Example

Following the example in Milan the vertical Forest in Nanjing is a model for a sustainable residential building. It is a project for the metropolitan reforestation and contributing to the regernation of the enviroment and also the urban biodiversity. This is without the implication of expanding beyond the citys borders. The building is a modell of vertical impimantation of nature withing the city which needs of course work into urban restrictions. The first example of the Vertical Forest consisting of two residential towers of 110 and the second one 76 m height, was realized in the centre of the city of Milan sitting on the edge of the Isola destrict, the buidlings host more than 900 trees (each tree measuring 3, 6 between 9 meters) and also over 20,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed according to the sun exposure of the facade. This equals on flat land, in amount of the number of trees, an area of 7,000 sq.m  of forest. The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest is contributing to the microclimate and producing humidity. It absorbs CO2 and also dust particles and produces oxygen.

Air pollution has become a major issue in China for a long time now. Articles and Photos are circulating in the press for some years now. Air Polullution poses a threat to Chinese public health, besides other pollutions like water, soil and others.
One major contribution to the air pollution is the Coal combustion which is also known as short PM. Currently the City of Beijing, one of the biggest cities in China is sufferung from PM2.5 which is a particulate matter with diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Such fine particles can cause all sorts of health problems. It can cause asthma, bronchitis and also acute and also cronic respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath, painful breathing. It can alsp lead to premature death. The Telegraph reported a sad case of an 8-year-old girl who had contracted lung cancer, becoming the youngest victim of lung cancer in China. Experts and Doctors pointed out that this was very likely the cause of air pollution. Reffereing specifically fin particles from vehicles.

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Vertical Forest in Nanjiang, which is designed by the architect Stefano Boeri will be build in Asia. The two planned towers are designed to have green tanks
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