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Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy, between Via Gaetano de Castillia and Via Federico Confalonieri near Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station. They have a height of 111 metres (364 ft) and 76 metres (249 ft) and will host more than 900 trees (approximately 550 and 350 trees in the first and second towers respectively) on 8,900 square metres (96,000 sq ft) of terraces. Within the complex is also an 11-story office building; its facade does not host plants.
The towers were designed by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra). It also involved input from horticulturalists and botanists.
The building was inaugurated in October 2014.
The construction of the towers began in late 2009 and early 2010, involving 6,000 onsite construction workers.Between mid-2010 and early 2011 construction progressed very slowly and the towers rose by only five floors while the core rose to the seventh floor. Construction progressed throughout 2011, and by the beginning of 2012 the structures were completed, and construction of the facades and installation of the plants began on 13 June 2012.The building was inaugurated in October 2014.
On April 11, 2012, one of the buildings was used as a temporary art gallery and opened to the public for an art exhibition hosted during Milan Fashion Week.
The two buildings have 730 trees (480 large, 250 small), 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennials and groundcover on its facades.The original design had specified 1,280 tall plants and 920 short plants encompassing 50 species.Overall, the vegetation is the equivalent of that found in a one hectare woodlot.The innovative use of heat-pump technology is helping to slash heating and cooling costs.
On November 19, 2014, Bosco Verticale won the International Highrise Award, prestigious international competition bestowed every two years, honouring excellence in recently constructed buildings that stand a minimum of 100 meters (328 feet) tall. The five finalists were selected from 26 nominees in 17 countries.
On the 12th of November 2015, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale, Milan, as the overall “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner, celebrated at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.


Il Bosco Verticale è un complesso di due palazzi residenziali a torre progettato da Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca e Giovanni La Varra) situato nel Centro Direzionale di Milano, ai margini del quartiere Isola.
Peculiarità di queste costruzioni, ambedue inaugurate nel 2014, è la presenza di più di duemila essenze arboree, tra arbusti ed alberi ad alto fusto, distribuite sui prospetti. Si tratta di un ambizioso progetto di riforestazione metropolitana che, attraverso la densificazione verticale del verde, si propone di incrementare la biodiversità vegetale ed animale del capoluogo lombardo, riducendone l'espansione urbana e contribuendo anche alla mitigazione del microclima.
A testimonianza del suo riconoscimento architettonico, il Bosco Verticale è risultato vincitore di numerose competizioni: oltre all'International Highrise Award, di cui è stato insignito nel 2014, nel 2015 il Bosco Verticale si è aggiudicato il premio come «grattacielo più bello e innovativo del mondo», secondo una classificazione del Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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