All living things oxygen. However, increasing air pollution in large cities and major urban areas are making breathing taxing day-to-day. The urbanization has almost eradicated the amount of greenery in the cities and resulted in increased cases of asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
However, there is good news.
The Nanjing Towers—aka the vertical forests of Nanjing—in China are going to produce 132 pounds (60kg) of oxygen every day, right in the heart of the city.
Standing at 656 ft. and 354 ft. respectively and designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, the towers will house over 1,000 trees and approximately 2,500 shrubs from 23 different local species.
The taller tower will be used for office spaces, a museum, a green architectural school and a rooftop club. On the other hand, the smaller tower will house a rooftop pool and a 247-room Hyatt hotel.
The balconies will provide stunning views of the surrounding areas and the plants will regenerate the local biodiversity. The Nanjing Towers is expected to be finished in 2018.
However, these aren’t the only vertical forests designed by Stefano Boeri. He already designed two similar towers in Milan. Also, his plans for another to be built in Lausanne, Switzerland is already underway.
They are truly a breath of fresh air in this increasingly polluted world—pun intended!
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