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Construction starts on ‘living organism’ residential complex in Milan

by Sion Geschwindt
Stefano Boeri Architetti Bosconavigli

Italian architecture studio Stefano Boeri Architetti has broken ground on a new tree-covered residentiacomplex in Milan.

The project, named Bosconavigli, is being created in collaboration with Arassociati, Milano 5.0, and landscape designer AG&P Greenscape.

Bosconavigli will take a roughly L-shaped stepped form and will measure roughly 8,000 sq,metre (86,000 sq ft) and consist of around 90 residential units.

The exterior will be covered in greenery, which will consist of over 170 trees, 8,000 shrubs, and 60 different plant species. Stefano Boeri Architetti says this will absorb around 23,000 kg of CO2 per year.  

The building will be covered with over 170 trees, 8,000 shrubs, and 60 different plant species

Stefano Boeri Architetti, commented: “Bosconavigli will be a sustainable living organism since the vegetative system has been designed to filter fine dust micro-particles and reduce pollution while reducing energy consumption thanks to the thermal inertia of the vegetation which guarantees protection from the Sun’s rays along with the absorption of CO2.

“The thousands of plants and shrubs that will cover Bosconavigli will act as a bulwark of biodiversity and will change the colour and profiles of the building as the seasons change.”

The design also employs bioclimatic strategies, thanks to the integration of technological systems capable of optimising the building’s energy and environmental sustainability. This includes the use of rooftop solar, the collection, and recovery of rainwater, and the production of geothermal energy.

Bosconavigli recently began construction and is expected to be completed in 2025.

It’s part of a wider development push in the Milan riverfront area that will include a High Line-style park spearheaded by Carlo Ratti Associati.

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Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

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