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In 2011, Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduced the concept of the vertical forest. The idea was to create a vegetative shell around skyscrapers to clean the polluted city sky by absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen.
Boeri’s brain child came to fruition in the form of Bosco Verticale, a pair of green towers that stretch above Milan, Italy.
In 2015, Boeri was given the approval to break ground on a similar structure in Lausanne, Switzerland called La Tour des Cedres (Cedar Trees Tower).
Now, the vertical forest concept is making an intercontinental leap. On Monday, it was announced the third vertical tower will be built in Nanjing, China.
The Nanjing Vertical Forest, follows in the footsteps of its predecessors.
The structure will consist of two towers standing on a shared podium. The towers will stand 656 feet and 354 feet respectively and will hold 1100 trees and 2500 plants. Within the tree-lined frame will be office spaces, hotels and restaurants.
The project is expected to be completed by 2018.