‘Vertical forest’

“An architecture even able to introduce a significant biodiversity of vegetal species in the middle of an important European city”, as described by Stefano Boeri.

The architect has just revealed the renders for a vertical forest, ‘La tour des Cedres’ in Lausanne, Switzerland. The idea behind this project is the same, as was in Bosco Verticale, in Milan, i.e. improving air quality by trapping fine dust, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. The tower is to be covered by evergreen trees, making it the first of its kind.

Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

The renders show that the building facade has projecting concrete terraces of varying sizes. The roofs of these terraces are occupied by plants and coniferous trees, rightfully giving the project its name. “With the Tower of Cedar Trees we will have the opportunity to realize a plain building that will have a great role in the Lausanne landscape,” said Boeri. Cedar trees have a longer life and can also sustain in extreme climatic conditions.

Elevation – Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

The structure is 117 meter tall and mainly comprises of residential facility along with some offices, gym and a roof top restaurant. The residences vary in size from two to five bedrooms.The shape and color of the cedar trees change with respect to the changing seasons and time, which results in a building with evolving aesthetics.  This unique quality distinguishes it from surrounding buildings and hence may transform it into a landmark in the panorama of Lake Geneva.

Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

“This will make Lausanne a cutting-edge city in the global challenge to implement urban quality together with sustainability and biodiversity” said the architect. The project was done in collaboration with Buro Happold Engineering for structural understanding and Laura Gatti for planting.

Stefano Boeri Architetti’s design for this building was selected as the winner in an international competition, in which studios like Mario Botta Architetto, Richter Dahl Rocha & Associes Architectes and Goettsch Partners also participated.

By:Kushal Jain

 

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