Bosco Verticale
Simon Garcia

Bosco Verticale

Stefano Boeri Architetti as Architects

Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders. The first example of the Vertical Forest composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height, will be realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters tall) and over 2000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants that are distributed in relation to the façade’s position to towards the sun. On flat land, each Vertical forest equals, in amount of trees, an area equal o 7000 m2 of forest. In terms of urban densification the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings of nearly 75.000 m2. The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest aids in the construction of a microclimate, produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen.

Bosco Verticale I Milano

proMesh as Manufacturers

The Bosco Verticale (i.e. the vertical forest) transforms Milan’s city centre skyline: with trees and shrubs designed to grow in a vertical arrangement from the ground, up to the topmost floor of two tower blocks, the tallest reaching a dizzying height of 119 metres. A total of 800 trees and 20,000 shrubs on just under 9,000 square metres of vertical terrace surface area making the equivalent of a hectare of forest. And all this at the heart of the Italian metropolis.

alphamesh contributes to shaping the Bosco Verticale

At a mere 65 square metres, the quantity of alphamesh bronze ring mesh in use for the Bosco Verticale is significantly more modest, although definitely no less striking. When entering the lobby, one’s attention is immediately captured by the alphamesh 12.0 bronze ring mesh curtains stretching from floor to ceiling. Smartly illuminated by ceiling spotlights, the mesh curtains allow for perfect structuring of the highly translucent spatial partitioning effects, the mesh filigree providing a mere 37 percent coverage per each square metre of its surface. The ring mesh effect thus efficiently works to preserve overall spatial integrity, whilst remaining functionally perceptible. For visual and personal privacy when positioned to screen a row of wall-mounted lockers, or as a safety screen when positioned along the ceiling-high staircase leading to the first floor.

alphamesh – why?

In reply, the interior designers in charge of the Bosco Verticale relay as follows: Firstly, because the ring mesh is a freshly innovative material featuring outstanding eco-balance levels. Secondly because the matt, bronze ring mesh works for effective partitioning without risking spatial disarticulation and lastly but not least importantly, because the technical look-and-feel of the ring mesh provides the interior with a clear-cut style, as do the trees and shrubs for the outer façades.

Project: Bosco Verticale, Milano | Country: Italy | Architects / Design: Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milano | Year: 2014

Material: alphamesh 12.0 bronze matt  | Quantity: approx. 65 m²

The best building in the world illuminated by i-LèD spotlights

Linea Light Group as Manufacturers

The innovative “green” building, located in the Porta Nuova Gardens area in Milan, has won the 2014 International Highrise Award and has been declared the most beautiful and innovative skyscraper in the world for 2015 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Inaugurated in October 2014, Bosco Verticale is an example of sustainable residential building and a project of city reforestation that contributes to regenerate the environment and metropolitan biodiversity, thus reducing the negative effects of uncontrolled urban expansion on the surrounding area. The two 110- and 76-m tall residential towers feature 900 trees (each of them is three-, six-, or nine-metre tall) and over 2,000 plants including a wide range of bushes and flowering plants distributed on the facades of the two buildings according to the exposure to sunlight. The buildings, covered in terraced gardens, were designed so as to comply with sustainability criteria while ensuring utmost comfort to dwellers.


Boeri’s project has provided a concrete answer to the requalification needs of one of Milan’s most populated urban areas, and has represented the city during the 2015 Expo Exhibition.This skyscraper is in fact the first example in Italy, and one of the first in the world, of a tangible integration between nature and man. The building is developed as a real vertical forest: the peculiar structure hosts a large number of projecting balconies, able to accommodate about one hundred different plant species.To illuminate the terraces of the private apartments, a real green lung for the city, Linea Light Group has created a specific product: a highly-efficient mini LED spotlight with a 4.000 K neutral light source and a driver integrated in the black embossed casing, positioned in the external flower boxes.These very compact spotlights illuminate the vertical forest with a delicate spot lighting effect and enhance the profiles of trees and bushes, thus increasing its visual charm and making it such a unique building.

Designed by Studio Boeri, now Stefano Boeri Architetti (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra) in partnership with building contractor Manfredi Catella (Hines Italia SGR S.p.A.), Bosco Verticale is able to meet an inborn need of contemporary man: the desire to live in a natural ecosystem without having to renounce to comfort and a lifestyle connecting the story of this place to a modern vision.


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Documentation of Vertical Forest in Milan, Italy

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