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Bosco Verticale Update

by on November 4, 2013

As my original post back in March generated so much interest I thought I would bring you up to date on current progress with the vertical forest.

The following images were received this morning direct from the architects office Boeri Studio, whose partners Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra have been in business together since 2007.





  1. Penny Stephan permalink

    I’m assuming they’re planted in stand-alone containers to keep the roots contained and prevent damage to the structure. The tree species they’ve chosen appear to be quite top heavy from these photos too.

    I hope it works but I do have some reservations still at this stage…

    • There is a lot of information about the planting and maintenance in the original post ( linked above)

      • Penny Stephan permalink

        Thank you, sorry hadn’t seen the updates! Either way, it looks pretty nice in my opinion, certainly much better than your standard block of flats

      • husna permalink

        Also, anyone living in a block of flats could get some trees in containers and put it on their balcony and call it “vertical woods”. I can’t see how any design involved in that.

  2. Michael Troughton. permalink

    The principle is reminiscent of Hundertwasser”s work in co-operation with Peter Pellikan. He referred to trees on buildings as ‘tree tenants’ but the lower headroom available often required trees to lean at an angle which seems to have been overcome here. Fingers crossed that the physical characteristics of the species chosen allows them to develop fully.

  3. husna permalink

    How is that a forest? Just because someone plants a few trees, does not make a forest. I’ve seen much more interesting vertical vegetation on different projects.

    • Valentina permalink

      Husna, it is called Bosco Verticale which literally translated is Vertical Woods and not Vertical Forest. The architects’ view is to alternate enough green to the buildings to give the impression of woods. Your comment is superficial.

      • husna permalink

        On the above introduction you say that you are adding an update to the “vertical forest”. You should be more accurate with your wording. And secondly, putting some trees on balconies does not give an impression of woods at all and in my opinion is pretty unrealistic. The trees will grow in size and weight and therefore add to the structural loads put on the balconies, have to be cut in order to not damage the underside of the balconies above it, and take up space that would otherwise be gladly used by the residents of the balconies for looking out of, eating, hanging their wet clothes from or storing things that don’t fit in the flat.

  4. Husna,
    I invoke artistic licence in calling it a forest.
    Most of your other points are addressed in Laura’s response in my original post.
    It’s only a personal view but having lived in flats I would have loved this approach and surely anything that adds nature into an urban environment is to be applauded!

    • husna permalink


      Yes I agree with your point about adding nature to urban environments, however my point is, is that it has been done much better by other architects like Ken Yeang.

    • Kishore N permalink

      Yes truly valid remark.In this current rapid concrete urbanization, any little trees or plants in our balcony is very much pleasing and worth preserving.I strongly agree that our structures could be designed and protected from the damages by right species which are structures friendly.No need of panic from the fear of damages and thus limiting the nature to dawn our living spaces.

  5. You may be interested to know that, of all the 3,000 odd tree-related terms I defined recently at, the most problematical was ‘tree’ and the next was ‘forest’!
    The UN gives a mere 58 definitions for woodland, mostly national definitions, while in Britain woody vegetation less than 5m high is often defined as scrub!
    I suggest we stick with the Italian. ‘Bosco verticale’ is pleasing, it’s largely the Italians’ idea (at least in this specific form), and we all know what it means!

  6. Hi Chris, The Bosco Verticale looks fantabulous.
    You nailed a post..!! 🙂

  7. Mixed emotions, looks interesting and different and might provide a unique feeling to the building inside and out and become a local attraction.

    Maintenance…blocking out light, the tree’s look tight going in so not sure how they will grow…lots of leaf litter coming off the building, high winds – dead tree’s and branches…hazardous.,,.

    Just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should?

  8. Blooming Designs permalink

    I really like the idea and think it is an interesting look but in Vancouver, BC where I come from the winds would definitely be a factor in the type of trees which could be chosen. As a landscaper I do quite a lot of balcony gardens and am constantly searching for new ideas and ways of maintaining healthy plants in our cool, damp winters and warm, dry summers. We often have to secure taller shrubs or trees to a solid structure so they don’t topple over.
    I do feel that folks in my part of the world are becoming more aware of the importance of trees both in terms of aesthetics and health benefits. I would encourage more Bosco Verticale’s using different sized plant material that may work better in windy areas and that grow no higher than the space they are put in. I presume weight bearing loads on the balconies were checked before the project was started.

  9. I would have encouraged the people managing the trees to prune them so as to train them into gnarled, cliff-hugging trees. That way they would be more stable and fit their environment better.

  10. Arboriculturalist permalink

    I wonder how many of these tree would still be standing if they faced the recent storms we have had?

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