Construction begins on the World’s First Vertical Forest City

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Liuzhou Forest City in the mountainous region of Guangxi, China has begun its construction. The new ground-up city, which has been designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, will accommodate up to 30,000 people in a master plan of environmentally efficient structures covered top-to-bottom in plants and trees.

The forest city will consist of all of the essential typologies of the modern city, including offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools, housed within a 175-hectare site near the Liujiang River. Employing the firm’s signature vertical forest system, the facades of each building will be covered in plant life with a total 40,000 trees and nearly one million plants from over 100 species specified.

The implementation of greenery will benefit both residents and the environment, acting as passive cooling systems for interior spaces, noise barriers to shield the city from the nearby highway and a micro-habitat supporting the region’s lush biodiversity of organisms including plants, birds, insects and small animals. The system will also improve the air quality of the area as it is estimated to absorb 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year, in turn producing approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

In addition to the benefits of the planted facades, each building has been designed for energy self-sufficiency, with geothermal systems providing interior air conditions and rooftop solar panels offering a renewable energy source. Transportation to downtown Liuzhou will also employ efficient means, including a high-speed rail line and electric vehicles.

The construction on Liuzhou Forest City is currently underway and is expected to be realised in just three years, with an anticipated opening in 2020.