Featured images: Stefano Boeri Architetti
If we say the word “forest”, what’s the first country that comes to mind? Egypt was probably not your first choice, right? Deserts for sure, but forests? Probably not. However, that’s all about to change after the announcement that we read yesterday.
Real Estate Misr Italia Properties is working with Italian architect, Stefano Boeri, to bring his ‘vertical forest’ to its buildings at the New Administrative Capital. The project will involve constructing three towers, covered in greenery, meant to combat the effects of pollution and climate change. The project is set to be completed by 2023.
According to Dezeen, one of the world’s most influential architecture and design magazines; Stefano Boeri’s three cube-shaped vertical forest apartment blocks is a collaboration with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash, as well as Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti.
Each building will be 30 metres tall and 30 metres wide, and the structures will hold 350 trees and 14,000 shrubs of over 100 species, which will be appropriate for the local climate to ensure a variety of heights and blooming seasons, and interesting to look at all year round.
Stefano Boeri said to a news site, Ansamed, “There are many ways to make the city green, this vertical forest is a less expensive and faster way of dealing with climate change. The objective of the vertical forest is to limit pollution. These are small efforts, but they are very important. And making people plant trees is the best way to involve them.”
We really can’t wait to see the vertical forest in its full glory in the relatively near future!