Yesterday at COP27 in Sharm, Egypt, Stefano Boeri Architetti unveiled plans for a pair of tree-covered skyscrapers in Dubai.
Dubai Vertical Forest consists of two towers, 190 and 150 metres high, that will be covered with 2640 trees and 27600 shrubs.
The Italian architecture firm says the new project gives “great attention” to the management of the water cycle through desalination processes and the recovery of grey water.
The building, including the water management system, will source energy from “photovoltaic surfaces” that are capable of producing 5100 kWh of clean energy, stored within a system of hydrogen batteries.
The buildings will also feature an integrated system of greenhouses and hydroponic gardens.
The studio says research is underway to identify construction technologies, materials and strategies to transform waste and wastewater into useful resources to ensure the buildings’ long term sustainability.
Stefano Boeri Architetti said: “The project, commissioned by Impact One, represents the first prototype of Vertical Forest for the MENA areas of the world.
“With the aim of integrating the benefits of urban forestry – absorption of fine dust, microclimate regulation, reduction of the greenhouse effect – and with innovations as part of the management of the water system in arid climates and the optimisation of energy production from renewable sources.”
Image credits: Stefano Boeri Architetti
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