Vietnam's 'Forest in the Sky' apartment building topped with 50,000 trees
Illustration courtesy of Inhabitat
A planned lush residential complex in Hanoi takes green living to the extreme. More than 50,000 trees, shrubs and colorful flowering vines were used to cover the Forest in the Sky building in Vietnam, virtually camouflaging it into the surrounding forest, reports Inhabit.
Along with the ample greenery, the building is equipped with various advanced green technologies and uses 20 percent less energy and water than a traditionally-constructed building.
The green “jungle” building is considered a prime example of green living and will set a new sustainability standard for Vietnam building practices. Besides its green exterior, which helps insulate the building, the tower is equipped with numerous sustainable features.
Under the lush greenery, the interior and exterior walls are made of eco-friendly cellular lightweight concrete blocks that offer optimal insulation from extreme heat and cold, as well as sound.
The building also uses high-efficiency hot water boilers, low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy efficient lighting to reduce energy usage. Future residents will not only be able to enjoy the amazing greenery and stunning views of the location, but they also will enjoy the benefits of green living, such as low utility bills.
The Forest in the Sky project has recently been awarded the preliminary EDGE certificate from SGS Vietnam, which is awarded to buildings that achieve a minimum standard of 20 percent less energy, water and embodied energy than traditional buildings.
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