The first residents have moved into Stefano Boeri Architetti’s Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex, located in the city of Huanggang in Hubei province, eastern China.
The 4.5ha site contains five towers, two of which are residential “vertical forests”. The remainder are hotels and commercial space.
The towers clad in foliage have what the designer calls an ever-changing façade that are able to develop freely in height.
The plants used are locally sources, and include 404 trees, 4,620 shrubs and 2,408 sq m of perennial grass, flowers and climbing plants.
Stefano Boeri, said: “The design allows an excellent view of the tree-lined façades, enhancing the sensorial experience of the greenery and integrating the plant landscape with the architectural dimension.
“Thus, the inhabitants of the residential towers have the opportunity to experience the urban space from a different perspective while fully enjoying the comfort of being surrounded by nature.”
Pietro Chiodi, Stefano Boeri Architetti China’s project director, said: “The first Vertical Forest built in China has a double meaning: for us, it opens a new architectural typology, while for Huanggang it may trigger an overall process of regeneration and redevelopment of the urban context.”