Vertical Forest Hotel – A New Trend In Future Development?

Stefano Boeri Architetti, an Italian architectural firm, has come up with a new design for bringing the forest to urban population centers. The concept is “Go vertical”. Where available undeveloped land is sparse and very expensive, Stefano’s solution is to go vertical, to create a vertical forest.

The concept is intriguing.

As developers look for ways to implement environmental friendliness and sustainability into their new projects, incorporating abundant plant life, trees and vegetation pose significant challenges. Having sufficient sunlight and irrigation are among just a few of the challenges. Their new concept project “Bosco Verticale” addresses many of these design hurdles.

Here is what you’ll find unique about the Bosco Verticale concept. According to Stefano Boeri Architetti -

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory.

Several of the benefits that are expected to result from the Vertical Forest include:

  • Optimization, recuperation and production of energy
  • Dust filtering and enhanced air quality through microclimate design
  • Absorbtion of CO2 and production of oxygen through photosynthesis process
  • Irrigation through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters and rain
  • Forest environment in an urban setting

Stefano Boeri Architetti first project is two residential towers measuring 110 and 76 meters in height to be built in Milan Italy. The project will be home to 900 trees measuring 3 to 9 meters plus other plants and shrubbery. The result is around 10,000 square meters of forestation! They estimated the cost to be close to $100 million.

I think an enhancement to the overall concept would be to add water features throughout the design. As the forestation is irrigated with gray water, the runoff could be channeled through water features such as fountains, ponds, with flowing streams. The excess water could be stored at the base of the building and recycled to the top. This would add both visual and auditory ambiance.

Conceptually, this design could provide an exciting alternative to current hotel designs. The Vertical Forest Design applied to hotel development would offer the urban traveler a unique and relaxing alternative to the often institutional and often stark lodging offerings while doing something positive for environment at the same time.

What are your thoughts? Is this a concept that could work well with hotels?

Would you prefer to stay at this type of property over the present alternatives?


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One Response to “Vertical Forest Hotel – A New Trend In Future Development?”

  1. Architect March 10, 2012 6:44 pm #

    I am curious to know what the carbon footprint is of building a large structure like this. Can the building over offset its footprint? It is a cool idea, but I would think building with nature instead of forcing nature into the building would be more “green”.

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