An urban jungle is currently rising up out of the dirt in Chengdu’s Xindu district. The development is being labeled Chengdu’s first-ever “vertical forest residential community” with no less than eight apartment buildings boasting shrub-covered balconies. It’s not clear if tenants will be charged with maintaining their own gardens.
The concept of the “vertical forest” was of course pioneered by Italian architect Stefano Boeri whose first “Bosco Verticale” was completed in 2014. Boeri’s studio is currently working on building a pair of “vertical forest” towers in Nanjing which will be home to some 1,000 trees and 2,500 shrubs and plants.
Admittedly, his designs do look a wee bit more impressive than what’s going up in Chengdu.