First Italy, then China, and now Netherlands gets its own version of Stefano Boeri Architetti’s vertical forest. The Milan-based firm has won a competition for the development of the Jaarbeursboulevard, a central area in Utrecht, via its proposal of the “Hawthrone Tower”. The tower will be one of two high rises that shall mark the Dutch city. The other tower is designed by Amsterdam-based MVSA studio.
Stefano Boeri Architetti’s new tower will be 90-meter-high, and its façade will feature 10,000 plants, consisting of 360 trees and 9,640 shrubs and flowers. It is expected to absorb 5.4 tons of carbon dioxide once accomplished. Its ground floor will be home to the “Vertical Forest Hub”, an urban forestation-dedicated research center. It will be open to the public who can view the botanic and technical solutions implemented in the tower and follow up with other Vertical Forest tower developments worldwide. The hub will be directly connected to the roof garden on the sixth floor.
According to the architects: “The Hawthorn Tower proposes itself as the new healthy center of Utrecht.” Besides offices, it will include facilities like fitness and yoga areas, bike parking places, and a public leisure space. The open space on the ground floor, along with the building’s setbacks and height, will play a role in making the most of the assigned land plot and integrating it with the surrounding area. “Thanks to the ground floor, open to the district, the tower … is a smart building that dialogs with the surrounding city,” states the architects.
The project is scheduled for construction in 2019, and it is planned to be finished by 2022.