World’s second vertical forest tower will rise in Switzerland


A lush new forest will soon take root in Lausanne, Switzerland—but it won’t be growing in the direction you’d expect. Stefano Boeri Architetti just won a competition to create the world’s second “vertical forest” in the city’s Chavannes-Près-Renens. The stunning residential tower will be covered with hundreds of trees and shrubs that will filter air pollution, produce oxygen, protect against the urban island island effect, and even promote biodiversity.

Stefano Boeri Architetti won the bid just one year after completing their first acclaimed vertical forest, or Bosco Verticale, one year ago in Milan. Like its predecessor, the forested tower planned for Lausanne will be covered by shrubs and plants, and will add 3,000 square meters of greenery along its 117-meter-tall facade. The new tower is named “La Tour des Cedres” after the architects’ vision to install over 100 cedar trees on the structure.

The competition also awarded Stefano Boeri Architetti the bid to design a 5,000-square-meter shopping mall. The La Tour des Cedres project beat out a shortlist of finalist proposals from firms that included Mario Botta Architetto, Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés Architectes, and Goettsch Partners. Construction is slated to begin in 2017 and will be realized by the Swiss builders Bernard Nicod e Avni Orllati.

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