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The Vertical Forest

At first glance it looked too fantastical to be real, but now the completion date for the world’s first vertical forest is drawing near. Located in Milan, Bosco Verticale is Boeri Studio’s answer to the question of how to make cities greener while supporting an ever denser urban population. Since Inhabitat first reported on the project in 2011, it has captured the imagination of many across the globe, all eager to see how the benefits of downtown city living can be enhanced within a vertical forest environment. Screen shot 2014-03-30 at 12.44.02 PMInhabitat spoke to Boeri Studio this January for an update and some photos of the building’s progress. Keep reading to get the latest.

A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest.Screen shot 2014-03-30 at 12.45.16 PM

Read more: New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building