Earlier this week we were invited to visit the Bosco Verticale (vertical forest) and BAM public park in the Porta Nuova District of Milan, Italy. Bosco Verticale is a pair of innovative residential towers designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti and completed in 2014. The towers are covered with approximately 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 floral plants, creating a lush and self-sustaining vertical forest.
Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano (BAM) is a public park of 10 hectares next to the Bosco Verticale. It was designed by Inside Outside Petra Blaisse Studio and local partner Simona and Franco Giorgetta.
For the BeBrit project we were particularly interested in how the BAM public park and Boscale Verticale contribute to cooling and improving air quality.
Trees in the BAM provided shade and specific areas
and water fountains combined a practical and design feature
This greenery serves various purposes, including improving air quality, providing shade, and contributing to the overall aesthetics of the buildings.
Bosco Verticale is designed with a focus on sustainability and environmental benefits. The vegetation helps filter pollutants from the air and provides insulation, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling. The project is aimed at promoting biodiversity and addressing urban pollution and deforestation.
The towers offer a mix of residential units, ranging from small apartments to larger penthouses. The integration of nature and greenery into the architecture provides residents with a unique living experience, blending urban living with a natural environment.
Bosco Verticale has received international recognition and awards for its innovative approach to urban architecture and sustainable living. The project has become an iconic symbol of Milan's modernization and efforts to incorporate nature into urban spaces.
The success of Bosco Verticale has inspired similar projects and concepts in other cities around the world, where architects and urban planners are exploring ways to integrate greenery and vegetation into high-rise buildings to create more sustainable and livable environments.
Bosco Verticale stands as an example of how architectural innovation can contribute to environmental sustainability and enhance the quality of urban life