Inside Elle Decor Spain, an article dedicated to the 25 most famous international buildings to visit mentions Milan’s Bosco Verticale, a project by Boeri Studio completed in 2014 in the Porta Nuova neighborhood.
Starting from historic buildings, such as the Bauhaus school or Le Corbusier’s Chapel de Notre Dame du Haut, to the more contemporary The Shard by Renzo Piano or the Guggenheim in Bilbao or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the article compiles a list of “must-see” architectures, including Bosco Verticale.
The concept of the Bosco Verticale, that is, being “a house for trees that also houses humans and birds,” defines not only the urbanistic and technological features but also the architectural language and expressive qualities of the project. On a formal level, the towers are in fact characterized by the presence of 800 trees (480 trees of first and second size, 300 of smaller size, 15,000 perennials and/or ground cover plants, and 5,000 shrubs.
“I believe that the strength of the Bosco Verticale also lies in this: in having been able to innovate while maintaining a very strong vision despite numerous challenges. From the irrigation and maintenance system to the structural design of the pot system, from insurance issues to the resistance of the plants to wind: everything in the Bosco Verticale has been taken into account, for the first time in architecture, in order to be able to guarantee the best possible growing conditions for the greenery, treating it as a real project material.
So on the one hand the global vocation, the ability to give a concrete answer to some major current critical issues (the lack of green in cities, air pollution, the growing sprawl that fragments the city..) and on the other hand the power of the vision I believe are factors that have contributed to making the Bosco Verticale an icon of Milan and a symbol in contemporary architecture.” says Stefano Boeri.