117-Meter-Tall Tower to be World’s First Building Covered with Evergreen Trees

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has conceptualized a residential skyscraper that resembles a vertical jungle. The 117-meter-tall tower will be built in Lausanne, Switzerland, and it'll feature more than 100 cedar trees, 6,000 shrubs, and 18,000 plants, totaling a green space of approximately 3,000 square meters. It is aptly called La Tour des Cedres, or The Cedar Trees Tower.

The leafy structure will be the world’s first building to be covered with evergreen trees. “This will make Lausanne a cutting-edge city in the global challenge to implement urban quality together with sustainability and biodiversity,” Boeri explained to Dezeen. Private roof patio spaces will each include a tree, allowing residents to have nature even though they’re many stories high.

Boeri’s building will be located in the Chavannes-Près-Renens district of the city, and it will feature apartment-style living with a number of units facing the adjacent Lake Geneva. In addition, the tower will have offices, a gym, and a panoramic restaurant on its top floor. Construction is set to begin in 2017.

This the second of Boeri’s flora-centric designs. In 2014, he completed Vertical Forest, two 112-meter-tall towers that comprise 1,000 different species of trees.

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