Milan’s Bosco Verticale gets top architecture prize

Milan's Vertical Forest gets prestigious CTBUH award.

The prestigious Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) of the Illinois Institute of Technology, has awarded Milan’s “vertical forest” its top prize for 2015 in a ceremony in Chicago.

The work of Italian architect Stefano Boeri, said the panel, “is one of the most intensive living green façades ever realised.”

CTBUH panel members praised “an architectural concept that replaces traditional cladding materials with screens of vegetation, creating a distinct microclimate that [improves] the sustainability of the structure.” And the certificate pointed out how “this type of design creates an urban ecosystem that encourages interaction between the flora, fauna, and the apartments’ residents.”

The Bosco Verticale, located a stone’s throw from Milan’s Porta Garibaldi station in the Isola neighbourhood, is home to 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11,000 groundcover plants and 5,000 shrubs – equivalent to an entire hectare of forest cover.

Along with creating a beautiful façade,” the jury underlined, “the incorporation of vegetation into the structure adds a number of sustainable design elements. The foliage acts to improve air quality by filtering out dust and sequestering carbon, while also mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing noise pollution.”

Milan’s latest award-winning structure was competing with the One World Trade Center in New York, winner in the Americas section, and the Burj Mohammed Tower in Abu Dhabi, Middle East and Africa section, for the overall top slot.

The new award came a year after the Bosco Verticale won the International Highrise Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.