An Apartment With Trees Growing Out Of It? This Architect Wants To Fight Climate Change And Provide Affordable Housing

By Kevin Calabrese on February 13, 2018

An innovative “vertical forest” apartment complex is going to be built in The Netherlands.

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The project will be funded by a social housing project and is meant to provide an affordable housing solution. Architects designed the building to be a modern approach towards creating a suitable structure that helps tackle urban housing issues and climate change.

Stefano Boeri is the main architect behind the project and he has designed other “vertical forest” buildings around the world, but until now, they have always been targeted towards luxury buyers. This is his first time designing a project in this format for buyers that are looking for low-income housing.

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“The high-rise building of Eindhoven confirms that it is possible to combine the great challenges of climate change with those of housing shortages. Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers,” said Stefano Boeri.

When finished, the Trudo Vertical Forest will feature 125 trees and 5,200 plants. In addition to being a home for humans, it will also be its own ecosystem and will be a home for animals and insects.

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“The Trudo Vertical Forest sets new living standards. Each apartment will have a surface area of under 50 square meters and the exclusive benefit of 1 tree, 20 shrubs and over 4 square meters of terrace. Thanks to the use of prefabrication, the rationalization of technical solutions for the facade, and the consequent optimization of resources, this will be the first Vertical Forest prototype destined for social housing,” said Francesca Cesa Bianchi, who is the project director of Stefano Boeri Architetti.

This complex will feature an integrated drip system that will allow the plants to be irrigated. Landscapers will take care of the plants as part of the association agreement.

Take a tour of the complex in the video below.

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Source: Inhabitat

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