01. Milan, Italy
The Italian architect Stefano Boeri pioneered sustainable, urban reforestation with the Vertical Forest project in Milan, completed in 2014. Two towers in the heart of the city host 900 trees and over 20,000 plants. Building a micro-climate, the project helps clean the air and attracts birds and insects, allowing nature to re-colonize the city.
02. Darmstadt, Germany
A building like no other, the Waldspirale is the work of Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. A fervent environmentalist, he is known for his distinctive style. The Waldspirale is a testament to Hundertwasser’s quirky approach. The rooftop of the spiral building home to lush forest, with trees growing through certain apartments.
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore houses plants from all climates from around the world. One of its leading attractions is the Cloud Forest. The 115 foot (35 meter) tall “mountain” is covered in luxuriant vegetation from tropical highlands. These peculiar plants can survive up to 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level. Here visitors can see carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and the Venus fly-catcher, learn more about prehistoric ferns, and of course, enjoy the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
04. Sydney, Australia
Located In Chippendale, a suburb of Sydney, residential development One Central Park is wrapped in a blanket of over 38,000 indigenous and exotic plants. Designers Ateliers Jean Nouvel were assisted by vertical garden expert Patrick Blanc to ensure the 21 green panels look like they could have been removed in their entirety from a local cliffside. Huge mirrors direct sunlight down the side of the towers so the plants get enough light, and an elaborate hydroponics system provides the necessary water. But for residents, who can recline by the level 29 plunge pool while a light breeze toys with a curtain of vines in the elevated garen, the process is secondary to the results.
Written by Kamila Beyssembaeva
Headline image courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architects