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Plant Covered Building

Plant covered walls and vertical forests are beginning to colour skylines green across the globe, in a bid to bring sustainable living to big cities.

From skyscrapers in France to Italian hotels, this new eco-friendly trend is taking the architectural world by storm.
These inspiring projects prove that city living doesn’t have to come at the cost of our environment, with green structures clearing air pollution as well as providing a reprieve from concrete and steel landscapes.
By focusing on creating healthy, ecological and durable buildings, this new movement is improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities all over the world. Let’s look at some examples.

In Milan, Italy…

Award winning architect Stefano Boeri is currently working on his third green walled project; the Mountain Forest Hotel. The 250 room business has been created to improve the quality of air at it’s Guizhou, China location by partnering with local experts and artists.
Vegetation will cover the hotel’s exterior almost entirely; a mixture of trees and shrubs that aim to integrate the natural world with modern designs.
Boeri’s previous works have included ‘The Tower of the Cedars’ in Lausanne Switzerland and the ‘Bosco Verticale’ (The Vertical Forest’) in Italy, a pair of towers which featured a hectare’s worth of trees.


Plant Covered Apartments
Image Source: Stefano Boeri Architetti 2017


Boeri’s work sets an example for sustainable residential buildings, in what he calls ‘a project for metropolitan reforestation’ that assists in repopulating environmental growth without having to sacrifice urban territory.

In Nice, France…

Across the continent in France, architectural firm Maison Edouard François are hitting similar eco-friendly goals. The company recently acquired the Ray Stadium project; an initiative to transform the former stadium into a ‘green lung’ neighbourhood. It aims to provide a connection between built-up and natural landscapes, with the facades and rooftops of all buildings hosting flowering plants and greenery.
Maison Edouard François recently completed ‘M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity’ a 50 meter high apartment building that was granted an exemption from Paris’ height restrictions due to is environmentally friendly presence.
The structure possesses a climbing frame; netting made of stainless steel that allows plants to easily expand and spread their seeds when the wind blows. The seed dispersion concept has been praised for its ability to provide the renewal of urban biodiversity.

Tower of Biodiversity
Edouard Francois M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity

And in your home…

You don’t have to live in a plant covered building to contribute to the idea of green architecture.
Utilising sustainable building materials for housing, furniture or knick-knacks can be a simple way to become involved. Recycled or second hand items, like reclaimed lumber or cork oak, are getting easier and easier to source as our society becomes more award of eco friendly designs.
And whether it’s wind turbines or solar power; renewable energy is a brilliant and effective way to be mindful of the environment.

At carbonTRACK we’re passionate about sustainable living. If you’re interested in finding out more about our eco-friendly energy management, you can learn about what we do here.