Smog-eating ‘vertical forest tower’ to feature luxury apartments, 300 species of plants

Smog-eating ‘vertical forest tower’ to feature luxury apartments, 300 species of plants

Rendering courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

A smog-eating tower will soon go up in the Netherlands city of Utrecht.

On the outside, 10,000 trees and shrubs — nearly half the amount found in New York’s Central Park — will fill the skyscraper’s facade, roof and balconies. Inside, it will feature 200 luxury apartment units, restaurants, a fitness center and offices, reports Business Insider.

Called the Utrecht Vertical Forest, the 300-foot-tall tower will play host to around 30 different plant species. The plants will absorb 5.4 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year — the equivalent of about one car, according to designers from Italian architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti.

In addition, the company said the tower will produce about 41,400 tons of oxygen annually, roughly the same as what 2.5 acres of forest generates.

The mixed-use building is being billed as the “new healthy center of Utrecht,” since the plan calls for healthy eateries, a gym with yoga studios, bike parking and a small public park. The Vertical Forest Hub, a new research center on urban forestation, will also have offices on the ground floor.

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