Three spectacular living buildings around the world
Plant-covered buildings do far more than fit in with this year's leafy green trend; they contribute to environmental health and make urban citizens feel good. According to a report from global engineering firm Arup, living building facades can reduce air pollution by up to 20%. They also play a role in making streetscapes noticeably quieter, as living materials absorb more sound than most urban materials. Another advantage of plants in a city setting is the regulation of internal temperatures, therefore reducing the cost of heating and cooling in high-rise buildings. All in all, plant-covered buildings aren't just about pretty exteriors (though they certainly provide that, too) and should be seriously considered when it comes to sustainable city planning. Here, we explore our top three inner-city vertical gardens that give new meaning to the term 'urban jungle'.
bosco verticaleThe Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. This means they beat more than 120 skyscrapers, including the World Trade Center in New York City and the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower in Abu Dhabi. The two towers are 256 feet and 334 feet respectively, and are covered from top to bottom in over 700 trees and 90 plant species. Picture this: if all the trees were laid out flat, the forest would cover a surface area of nearly two acres.
tao zhu yin yuan towerVincent Callebaut, is currently undergoing construction in Taipei. Inspired by the double-helix structure of DNA, the tower is wrapped in vertical gardens, including suspended orchards and vegetable and aromatic gardens, and will absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide a year. The building will also encourage residents to reduce their energy consumption with additions such as natural lighting and ventilation as well as rainwater recycling and rooftop solar panels.
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