Stefano Boeri’s latest vertical forest set for Utrecht in 2019

Italian architect Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed a vertical forest for Holland that will contain 10,000 plants.

The Hawthorn Tower will be located in the Jaarbeursboulevard area close to Utrecht Station, where it will form part of the Wonderwoods project.

The 90m-tall structure is one of two mixed-use towers being built in the development; the other is designed by Amsterdam architect MVSA.

Stefano Boeri Architetti describes the tower as "an innovative experience of cohabitation between city and nature".

The 10,000 plants including 360 trees, 9,640 shrubs and flowers, and will be located on every side of the tower.

MVSA notes that "by 2050, almost 90% of Europeans will live in a city" and that vertical forests are a way to get "exposure to fresh air and green spaces" in an urban environment.

The firm has previously designed similar vertical forests in Italy, Switzerland and a 175ha "forest city" in southern China.

Work on the project is expected to start in 2019 and be completed in 2022.

Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

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