In 2017 a vertical forest will begin to rise from a building site located in Chavannes in west Lausanne. The tower will rise to a maximum of 117 metres and be covered with trees equivalent to around one hectare of forest. The tower’s designer is Milan-based architect Stefano Boeri.
Already in Milan
Two similar towers, designed by the same architect and built in Milan in 2014, named the Bosco Verticale are shown in the photo below.
This video below entitled the Flying Gardeners shows people tending the trees on the Bosco Verticale.
Coming soon to Lausanne
On Tuesday, project promoter Bernard Nicod, presented plans for a similar tower in Chavannes-près-Renens in Lausanne. Speaking to 24 Heures he said that the CHF 200 million project is not a high-end luxury development, nor is it social housing. Lausanne’s socialist mayor André Gorgerat added that the local population won’t necessarily be able to afford the apartments. The municipality has never hidden its hopes of attracting new taxpayers to boost its revenue.
The tower will contain 195 apartments ranging from 80 m2 to 160 m2. A restaurant, open to the public, is planned for the top.
Planning approval for this tower is a major milestone for such developments after projects in Bussigny and one called the Taoua in Lausanne both failed in the face of intense opposition.
Below is a Google map showing the location of the new tower.
The architect’s computer rendered plan is shown below.