Milan-based Stefano Boeri Architetti firm has unveiled its designs for the vertical forest in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital, which is under construction in the desert east of Cairo. The forest will include pollution-absorbing trees and plants.
Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri has designed vertical forests for cities around the world before, but this will be the first one in Africa. He will be collaborating with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash and Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti.
This vertical forest is part of a larger vision for a “greener Cairo”, which includes multiple strategies to make the city more green – such as the construction of several green buildings, other vertical forests, as well as adapting thousands of flat roofs into green energy producers.
The Vertical Forest
This project consists of three (seven-story) green buildings, one will be a hotel and the other two will serve as apartment units.
These three “cubes”, measuring 30 x 30m, will be covered with 350 trees and 14,000 evergreen shrubs- ranging in more than 100 species. As a bonus, the cubes will be energetically self-sufficient with an estimation of producing around 8 tons of oxygen every single year!
The planned new capital will host ministries, embassies, residential neighborhoods, and a financial district. It will replace the current capital, Cairo, which suffers from overpopulation, traffic congestion, and air pollution.
Why Are Vertical Forests Important?
Conserve land space: Urban areas provide little space. Vertical forests are appropriate for places like this because thousands of square meters of greenery are packed into just a few hundred square meters.
Provide housing: Vertical forests help to prevent sprawl and provide more housing; a growing issue in the world is how quickly It continues to urbanize. According to the UN, by 2050, 68% of the global population will be living in towns and cities, compared to 55% today.
Thriving ecosystem: They provide shade and create habitats for wildlife such as birds and insects.
Cleaning air pollution: The trees, shrubs, and plants absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen and filter dust from the air.
The concept began in 2014, with Milan’s Bosco Verticale, two residential 110- and 76-meter tower blocks, designed by Boeri, with around 900 trees and more than 20,000 smaller plants and shrubs.
Other Boeri Projects Of Vertical Forests
Liuzhou Forest City is currently under construction in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi. It will have over 40,000 trees and 1 million plants covering its buildings. The trees and plants in Liuzhou Forest City are expected to produce about 900 tons of oxygen annually while absorbing 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants.
Trudo Vertical Forest is located in the Netherlands. Targeting low-income families, this 19-story vertical forest will house 125 affordable units.
Construction on Egypt’s new vertical forest will begin in 2020 and are expected to be finished by 2022. In the meantime, if you want to know more about Cairo’s vertical forest and the Stefano Boeri firm, you can check out their official website.