10 plant-covered buildings that point to a greener future

Architects are touting plant-covered tower blocks as a way to tackle air pollution and improve the quality of urban life. From one of the world’s tallest living walls to an entire “vertical forest” city in China, here are 10 examples showing the rise of verdant architecture. Rosewood Tower, Brazil, by Jean Nouvel Ateliers Jean Nouvel has recently

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Stefano Boeri designs “vertical forest” city to eat up China’s smog

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a city near China’s Liuzhou, featuring towers completely covered in trees and plants to combat air pollution. The Liuzhou Forest City will feature nearly 40,000 trees and almost one million plants, comprising 100 different species. The greenery is designed to trail over balconies and the roofs of a series of skyscrapers spanning 175 hectares along the

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Stefano Boeri envisions entire cities filled with tree-covered skyscrapers

Our first Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative video explores Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s radical proposals to build “forest cities” to combat urban pollution. Boeri’s Forest City concept is a proposal to build a city in Shijiazhuang, China, which would act as a prototype for a new generation of green urban developments across the country. The

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Stefano Boeri reveals plans for tree-covered towers in Nanjing

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a “vertical forest” in China, a pair of towers covered with trees and trailing plants in the centre of Nanjing. Over 1,000 trees, 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will line the facades of the Nanjing Vertical Forest, which is already under construction in the city’s Pukou District. The mixed-used development commissioned by

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Jean-Marc Bonfils reinterprets traditional Lebanese architecture with East Village apartment tower

This apartment block and art gallery in Beirut combines traditional timber and stone cladding with a vertical garden and a bright-red balcony that cantilevers from one of its facades. Local architect Jean-Marc Bonfils designed the East Village complex for gallerist Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, whose Galerie Tanit occupies the ground floor. During the development process, Bonfils suggested

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Edouard François creates plant-covered housing block to disperse seeds across Paris

Plants grow up the exterior of this green apartment tower in Paris, France, which was designed by local firm Maison Edouard François to spread seeds across the city. Maison Edouard François designed the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity to show that high-rise structures can be used to create environmentally friendly cities with plenty of plant and animal life. Benefitting from an exemption to the

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Ambulance station by Architectenforum features plant-covered walls and a curved roof

This ambulance station in the Dutch town of Zeist features a curved wooden framework and sloping walls covered with climbing plants to help it blend into its woodland setting (+ slideshow). Utrecht studio Architectenforum designed the ambulance station for a site on the edge of the town, which is adjacent to a hospital and flanked on its More

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Triptyque proposes plant-covered Tropical Tower for São Paulo

French-Brazilian firm Triptyque Architecture has designed a residential skyscraper covered in vegetation for São Paulo. Triptyque, which has offices in São Paulo and Paris, proposed the Tropical Tower as part of a 150,000-square-metre masterplan at a university campus in the Brazilian city. Shown as a model, the design features balconies and screens that jut out from More

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Triptyque overhauls 1970s office tower in Rio to make it more environmentally friendly

French-Brazilian studio Triptyque has revamped a 85-metre-high office block in Rio de Janeiro with zigzagging glazing and solar panels so it can generate its own electricity (+ movie). RB12 was first built in the 1970s and, like many of the city’s buildings from that era, had very few green credentials. Rather than demolishing it, property developer Natekko asked Triptyque to look at ways of reducing its More

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects plans leaning, plant-covered towers for Bac Ninh city hall

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has designed a city hall for the Vietnamese city of Bac Ninh comprising a pair of planted towers, which lean together at the centre to frame a series of elevated viewing decks (+ slideshow). The Vietnamese studio, which is known for its plant-covered architecture and bamboo structures, designed the two verdant blocks for a seven-hectare-site More

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Buildings in bloom feature on Dezeen’s updated plants Pinterest board

Jean Nouvel has completed a tower with foliage bursting out of perforated walls and wide balconies, so we’ve added this and more verdant architecture to our Pinterest board dedicated to plants. It also includes Vo Trong Nghia’s hotel with hanging gardens on its facades and a foliage-strewn house near Brussels by French botanical artist Patrick Blanc. More

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Jean Nouvel’s Cyprus tower has plants bursting through its walls

French studio Ateliers Jean Nouvel has built a tower block in Nicosia, Cyprus, featuring perforated walls and wide balconies that are both bestrewn with plants (+ slideshow). Completed last year next to Eleftheria Square, the 67-metre-high Tower 25 is one of the tallest structures in the Cypriot capital, and includes a mix of apartments, offices and More

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Stefano Boeri unveils plans for “vertical forest” tower in Switzerland

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has revealed designs for a plant-covered 36-storey tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, continuing the “vertical forest” concept he trialled with a pair of towers in Milan (+ slideshow). According to Boeri, the building in the Chavannes-Près-Renens district of the city will be the first tower in the world to be covered with evergreen trees. The predominantly residential 117-metre-tall building will […]

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Vector Architects disguises mountainside community centre beneath sprawling grass roof

Vector Architects designed a huge grassy roof canopy and plant-covered walls for this community centre in southwest China, helping it to blend in with its mountain landscape (+ slideshow). The Beijing studio designed Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center for a sprawling plot among the mountains of the Taoyuan Park in China’s Chongqing municipality. Comprising three separate volumes that each house a different function, the […]

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Verdant “cloud forests” and waterfalls proposed for new Singapore high-rise

Landscape firm Gustafson Porter has unveiled plans to create tiered gardens and waterfalls with a towering development proposed for Singapore’s Marina Bay. Conceived by German studio Ingenhoven Architects and Singapore firm A61 as a plant-covered “mountain”, Marina One will be made up of four high-rise blocks unified by louvres and an undulating garden atrium. This atrium, known as the Green Heart, was designed by London-based Gustafson Porter. […]

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Snøhetta’s new building for SFMOMA nears completion

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has released the first images of Snøhetta’s near-complete extension building showing its striated facade and atrium. The 235,000-square-foot (21,832 square metres) addition sits behind the institution’s Postmodern Mario Botta-designed home and will more than double the museum’s footprint. The new building’s distinctive facade is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels punctuated by horizontal band […]

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Babylon hotel building features hanging gardens on its facades

Plants climb all over vertical concrete louvres surrounding the facades of this holiday resort on the Vietnamese coastline designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (+ slideshow). The Naman Retreat is situated next to a main road connecting the city of Da Nang with the historic town of Hoi An – a popular tourist destination on the Vietnam […]

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