Switzerland to get its own vertical forest

Stefano Boeri Architetti has won a competition to build a mixed-use tower in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Like its predecessor Bosco Verticale in Milan, La Tour des Cedres will be covered by hundreds of trees and shrubs.

As its name implies, La Tour des Cedres (The Tower of Cedars) will feature mostly cedar trees of four different kinds, as well as 6,000 shrubs and 18,000 plants, including perennials and ground cover, according to the Italian architecture website area-arch.it. The 117-metre high, 36-storey tower will boast a gym and rooftop panoramic restaurant, as well as private residences, offices and services.

Principal Stefano Boeri says that the Tower of Cedars will “become a landmark in the landscape of Lake Geneva” thanks to its shapes and changing colours during the different seasons. But the visual landmark is also a sustainable one: the evergreen trees and plants will filter air pollution and fine dust, absorb CO2, produce oxygen, promote biodiversity and protect against the urban heat island effect. Work on the project in Chavannes-Près-Renens, just west of the city of Lausanne, is scheduled to begin in 2017.

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) redefined green architecture and sustainable urban planning when it was built in 2014. Covered by 10,000 square metres of trees, shrubs and plants, the two mixed-use towers in Milan won first place for Europe in an award given by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, reports Dolce & Gabbana’s online magazine Swide.

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