|Bosco Verticale Milan|
It’s hard to be cynical now that the project is nearing completion, and the vertical forest already has a compelling presence in its neighbourhood. As seen in Dezeen's extensive coverage, the aerial forest looks lush and healthy.
The irresistible to comparison is between the approach taken by the Italian building, and the Jean Nouvelle building Central Park One in Sydney, sporting what has been dubbed the world’s biggest vertical garden, by the French botanist Patrick Blanc.
|One Central Park Sydney|
So, provisionally, I eat humble pie. I suspect the Bosco Verticale will demonstrate that you can put trees in the air, as well as keep forests on the ground. Let's face it, the project is high rise, and relatively high density urban living. It might well show, conclusively, that it is far more pleasant to look out of your apartment at your own, and others' greenery, than the panopticon of giant TV screen-like windows more usually associated with emerging high rise cityscapes, especially in Asia.
I just hope the residents keep watering those pots, and not too many kids get bitten by rabid squirrels.