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Hotel towers grow forests on sides to clean the air

February 10, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Imagine staying in an urban hotel with a forest growing on the outside – enabling guests to feel at one with nature, knowing their choice of hotel is helping to clean urban air. “Book me into the forest-view room!”

Famed Italian architect and urban planner, Stefano Boeri, creates striking vertical forest environments. His Milan-based firm of architects, Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA), has unveiled a new project that will take green design to the next level: The Mountain Hotel, in Guizhou, China.

Stunning new forest hotel concept

The architectural design firm shot to prominence with Bosco Verticale, the world’s first vertical forest. That was built in Milan. The first unit of Vertical Forest comprises two residential towers, 119 and 87 meters high, in the centre of Milan’s Isola neighbourhood. It hosts 900 trees and over 2000 plants from a wide range of floral species distributed to give them the best position in the sun. The project was awarded the 2014 International Highrise Award and the 2015 CTBUH Award, as Best Tall Building Worldwide sponsored by the Council for Tall Building and Urban Habitat and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

A few years later, the firm’s design for a second green skyscraper won a competition to add an eco-friendly building in Lausanne, Switzerland. It will open next year.

The latest project is in China, a country that’s highly attuned to green solutions. Even a decade ago, tourists walking the ancient city walls of Xian were impressed by the vast numbers of solar panels they could see looking across the city.

The new Mountain Hotel will be built in Guizhou for the Hong Kong-based Cachet Hotel Group. The design follows the same principles as the firm’s previous projects: sustainable architecture with a green facade that can improve the quality of the air around it.

The 250-room hotel will be covered in greenery from the ground floor to the roof.

Written by Peter Needham

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