Pollution fighting 'Vertical Forest' will help clean up China's air
China has been trying to fight pollution for years with innovative ideas such as the construction of smog-eating towers in Beijing (which - unfortunately - turned out to be unable to absorb enough smog to actually make a change). Now there is a new idea that not only promises us better air, but will also contribute to the aesthetics of our cities - the "Nanjing Green Towers"!
The two towers will be home to a total of 1100 trees and 2500 cascading plants, making them look like two giant vertical forests. According to Stefano Boeri, the leading architect and who thinks of the project as a "model for a sustainable residentIal building" that "helps regenerate local biodiversity", the towers will provide 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and also produce about 60 kg of oxygen per day. They will be the first of their kind in Asia when they complete construction in 2018, however, a prototype was presented to the audience in Milan in 2014.
The smaller of the towers will house a Hyatt Hotel that even features a rooftop swimming pool while offices, a museum, a "green architecture school" and a private rooftop club will occupy the taller tower.
There are trees on every floor which means that inhabitants can get a feeling of nature just by looking out of the window and since trees and plants change their appearance with the seasons, we can expect the towers to add a colorful touch to the city's skyline (especially in autumn!).
And... That's it!