Tenants have moved into Italian architect Stefano Boeri‘s Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex, the first of his vertical forest towers to open in China. People began moving into the residential part of the development, which covers 4.54 hectares and is composed of five towers in total, a few weeks ago. The complex’s two residential towers are 80 meters high and covered in more than 400 trees, as well as other plants and greenery.
The complex’s two residential towers are 80 meters high and covered in more than 400 trees, as well as other plants and greenery
Located in Huanggang in China’s Hubei province, the plant-covered towers are a new kind of vertical forest that combine open and closed balconies, according to the studio. Vertical forests are a building type invented by Boeri with facades covered with trees and plants. Existing vertical forest buildings by his studio, Stefano Boeri Architetti, usually feature just open balconies. The structure of the Chinese complex was designed so that the foliage on the balconies would “fit perfectly” into the facade design.
The studio used local tree species for the 404 trees that clad the building, including Ginkgo biloba, Osmanthus fragrans, Acer griseum, Ligustrum lucidum, and Chimonanthus praecox. Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex also features 4,620 shrubs and 2,408 square meters of perennial grass, flowers and climbing plants.
According to the studio, the trees and greenery will absorb 22 tons of carbon dioxide per year and produce 11 tons of oxygen per year. As well as the tree-covered residential towers, the development, which Stefano Boeri Architetti describes as a “green complex,” will also house hotels and large commercial spaces.