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The world’s first ‘vertical forest’ for social housing receives UN-backed award

by Liam Turner
The Trudo Vertical Forest, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

The world’s first ‘vertical forest’ for social housing has received global recognition as a “virtuous project” for environmental and social sustainability.

Created by Stefano Boeri Architetti, The Trudo Vertical Forest, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has received the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award 2022 for the Architectural Design and Community Planning category.

The annual global award, presented by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS), is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme, which focuses on promoting the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – in particular SDG 11.

The Trudo Vertical Forest has also received the Energy Globe Award Netherlands 2022.

The jury recognised the Trudo Vertical Forest as a “valid prototype” of Vertical Forest for social housing, “thereby confirming the possibility of combining a way of meeting the tremendous challenges of climate change with those related to a shortage of housing.”

The Trudo Vertical Forest

The Trudo Vertical Forest project has generated a new green habitat within the metropolitan area for the development of biodiversity, a ecosystem fed by the simultaneous presence of 135 trees of various species in addition to around 8,500 shrubs and smaller plants.

The balconies, which are over four square metres and come with a tree and 20 bushes for each apartment, have been designed to create a natural micro-environment.

The tower’s 19 floors are home to 125 apartments with fixed rents.

The apartments are mainly designed for low-income users, especially young couples and students.

The project is part of the urban renewal plan for ‘Strijp-S’, which directly involves the area previously occupied by the Philips electronics company.

‘Deeply significant and pivotal’

Francesca Cesa Bianchi, partner and project director at Stefano Boeri Architetti, said: “The awards received represent a further reason to be proud, indicating the international recognition of this model for new biodiversity architecture.

“If the legitimisation of the first Vertical Forest in Milan gave us confirmation that a new relationship between architecture and living nature is possible, the awards for the Trudo Vertical Forest underline the fact that efforts to improve the typology of architecture, making it accessible and usable by the largest possible number of people, have been deeply significant and pivotal.”

Jos Goijaerts, director at Sint Trudo, said: “This impressive building is not just an icon for our city, but a symbol for the fight against climate change.

“In addition, it’s a statement: our social housing residents with lower incomes deserve to live in extraordinary buildings, too.”

Image: The Trudo Vertical Forest, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

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