China is known for having a huge pollution problem with all its carbon emissions flowing in the air. But in Nanjing, China, there are two buildings called the Nanjing Towers which are basically two vertical forests that are producing as much as 132 pounds of oxygen each day. The towers are not fully completed yet as they’re expected to be finished in 2018. Once completed, they will be the first vertical forests to ever exist in Asia.
Stefano Boeri is the Italian architect who designed these vertical forests. One tower will be 354 feet high and the other will be 656 feet high. Together, these vertical forest towers will be comprised of 2,500 shrubs and 1,000 trees made up of 23 varying local species of plants. These won’t just be towers that house trees and shrubs, though. The tallest tower is going to have offices, a green architecture school, a rooftop club, and a museum. The smaller tower is going to have a rooftop swimming pool and serve as a hotel with 247 rooms. Those who get rooms with a balcony will give visitors the chance to view the forests that exist right outside their window, no matter how high up they are!