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Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan

05:30 - 18 March, 2019
Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan, Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti
Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti

Albania’s capital city, Tirana, is slated to receive the country’s first Vertical Forest in a scheme designed by Milanese architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. Originating as part of the city’s new development master plan completed by the firm 3 years ago, the building will greatly increase the amount of greenery within and around the metropolitan area. Tirana’s Vertical Forest will contain 21 floors above ground with 4 more below and will be populated by 105 apartment units above a primarily commercial ground floor.

Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti 24-hour school in Tirana. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Tirana 2030 - Agriculture. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti + 19

Wonderwoods by MVSA Architects and Stefano Boeri Architetti is the MIPIM/AR Future Project of the Year

09:00 - 15 March, 2019
Wonderwoods by MVSA Architects and Stefano Boeri Architetti is the MIPIM/AR Future Project of the Year, Wonderwoods by MVSA Architects + Stefano Boeri Architetti. Image via MIPIM
Wonderwoods by MVSA Architects + Stefano Boeri Architetti. Image via MIPIM

MIPM and The Architectural Review have recognized “Wonderwoods” by MVSA Architects and Stefano Boeri Architetti as the overall winner for their Future Projects Award 2019. Developed for client G&S Vastgoed, the twin 90-meter towers in Utrecht, The Netherlands, provide a balance between nature and the city.

The defining feature of the scheme is a living green façade absorbing 5.4 tonnes of CO2 per year, behind which sits a mix of homes, offices, and public facilities. The scheme is one of several projects to win at the 2019 awards, with 16 award categories celebrating the flourishing of nature in the city, seeking to “restore our ability to connect with the natural world as our planet undergoes the largest wave of urban growth in history.”

Wonderwoods by MVSA Architects + Stefano Boeri Architetti. Image via MIPIM Aqualuna by 3XN Architects. Image via MIPIM Stockholm Loop by Belatchew Arkitekt. Image via MIPIM Tropicalia by Coldefy & Associés. Image via MIPIM + 16

Stefano Boeri Designs the Greenest Apartment Building in Belgium

02:30 - 21 December, 2018
Stefano Boeri Designs the Greenest Apartment Building in Belgium, Palazzo Verde. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Palazzo Verde. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has created a new sustainable housing project for Antwerp, Belgium. Called Palazzo Verde, the design is formed with a semi-public garden at the ground floor and three large terraces of roof gardens. The project will include 86 trees, 2200 shrubs and perennials and 428,88 square meters of green surface. As the firm's first project in the country, the housing will be part of the Nieuw Zuid district to become a new landmark for the city.

Stefano Boeri Architetti Begins Work on Tirana's Blloku Cube

14:00 - 6 September, 2018
Stefano Boeri Architetti Begins Work on Tirana's Blloku Cube, Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Work has started on Stefano Boeri Architetti's multifunctional building Blloku Cube, the first element of a larger masterplan in Tirana. Located at the intersection of Pjeter Bogdani and Vaso Pasha streets, the project is sited in a up-and-coming center of city life in Blloku district. Taking cues from the Albanese capital, the design combines a multifunctional program of commercial, office and rooftop garden space. The project features an anodized aluminum double-skin cladding, a pattern facade that becomes a signature piece of architecture within the surrounding post-communist developments.

Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti + 8

Shanghai Hecheng Renovation / Stefano Boeri Architetti China

22:00 - 29 June, 2018
Shanghai Hecheng Renovation / Stefano Boeri Architetti China, © Paolo Roselli
© Paolo Roselli

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Jing’an District, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Stefano Boeri, Yibo Xu
  • Project Architect

    Pietro Chiodi
  • Design Coordinator

    Yifan Xu
  • Design Team

    Yitao Huang, Zhiyang Huang, Wenhai Zhu
  • Client

    Green Capital Group
  • Area

    4062.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

"Past, Present, Future": Leading Dutch and Italian Designers on Being an Architect Yesterday, Today, and Beyond

09:30 - 13 June, 2018

Architecture is always evolving. The practice and business of architecture are undoubtedly evolving alongside the more obvious technological advances, but what we often forget is that there are no new ideas. When it comes to design, what we see manifested in our daily lives is the result of evolution. And at the root of that design evolution is inspiration.

A new initiative from Gianpiero Venturini and his firm Itinerant Office titled Past, Present, Future aims to open a research path based on the analysis of successful practices in the 21st Century while ultimately providing a new form of inspiration for the next generations of architects and designers. The documentary series begins with a select group of 11 international architects, including Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV, Mario Cucinella, and Simone Sfriso, co-founder of TAMassociati. Each architect is featured in three video interviews in which they reveal the methodology behind their designs, the themes and approaches within their architectural practice, and the predictions they have for architecture in the near and distant future.

Stefano Boeri Combats Rural Decline With Free Initiative

16:00 - 2 June, 2018
Stefano Boeri Combats Rural Decline With Free Initiative, School Exterior Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
School Exterior Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

For the 2018 Venice Biennale, Stefano Boeri Architetti presents Slow Food Freespace, the first Slow Village to be constructed in Sichuan, China. Made in collaboration with Slow Food Movement, speakers Stefano Boeri and Carlo Petrini discussed the project at the event “Across Chinese Cities - The Community.”

For the Slow Food China project, Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed a school, a library and a small museum for the villages involved, free of charge. The program attempts to encourage millions of Chinese farmers to stay in their rural districts, combatting the unprecedented emigration to cities which has grown in the last few years. By offering educational facilities and cultural landmarks to these rural communities, it inspires the preservation of local culture and acknowledges the importance of the agricultural economy.

Library Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti School Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Elevations and Plans. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti + 7

Voids and Canopies Feature in Stefano Boeri Architetti's Renovated Transport Hub in Southern Italy

14:00 - 29 May, 2018
Voids and Canopies Feature in Stefano Boeri Architetti's Renovated Transport Hub in Southern Italy, Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has released images of their proposed renovation of Matera Central Station in Southern Italy. Matera Central FAL railway station will be structurally altered through an “aesthetic and functional redevelopment together with technological upgrading of the railway itself.”

The proposal seeks to alter the existing hierarchy of space in the city by making the transport hub a genuine and significant urban landmark, rather than simply an infrastructural node. The scheme is therefore designed to incorporate a recognizable, pedestrianized public square, forming connections with the nearby historic city center.

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Celebrate World Water Day With These 20 Designs That Feature Water Elements

08:00 - 22 March, 2018
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

March 22 is World Water Day, an annual international celebration launched and organized by the United Nations. The goal of the day is to raise awareness about a wide range of water-based issues from around the world. This year’s theme is “Nature From Water”, which invites everyone to think about how nature can provide solutions to the water challenges we face today.

To celebrate World Water Day this year, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite projects that utilize water as a central design feature. Whether it be Zumthor's Thermal Vals or Chritso and Jeanne-Claude's Floating Piers, water has been playing an important role in architectural design and in demarcating the boundaries of nature against our built environment.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs 3 Schools in Tirana That Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day

16:30 - 21 February, 2018
Stefano Boeri Architetti Designs 3 Schools in Tirana That Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day, Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has revealed the design of three new innovative schools to be built in Tirana, Albania, that will be open 24 hours a day, everyday of the year, transforming them into essential social centers for residents of all ages.

The three new structures will be integrated into Stefano Boeri Architetti’s competition-winning masterplan for Tirana, positioned within key social nodes of the Albanian capital’s northwest quarter: the neighborhoods of Don Bosco, Kodër-Kamëz and Shqiponja Square. Multiple schools will be housed within each of the three structures, which will also contain meeting and social spaces open and available to the entire community.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti's Vertical Forest is the Very First to be Used in Social Housing

11:30 - 10 January, 2018
Stefano Boeri Architetti's Vertical Forest is the Very First to be Used in Social Housing, © The Big Picture
© The Big Picture

The new social housing project by Stefano Boeri Architetti is the first to integrate a vertical forest into an affordable residential skyscraper, improving the living conditions often incurred within such developments. 5,200 shrubs and 125 trees will be planted up the 75m tall structure in Eindhoven.

Trudo Vertical Forest will contain 125 social housing units over 19 floors to house lower income social groups, particularly young people. Each apartment will include a balcony filled with an array of trees, plants and shrubs for a forest soaring into the city's sky.

Urban Forestry: A Call for Action by Stefano Boeri Architetti

14:00 - 26 December, 2017
Urban Forestry: A Call for Action by Stefano Boeri Architetti, Urban Forestry: a call for action
Urban Forestry: a call for action

In preparation for the first World Forum on Urban Forests promoted by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), which will be held from November 28 to December 1, 2018 in Mantova, Italy, Stefano Boeri Architetti has launched a global call for action regarding projects, strategies and ideas in relation to urban forestry.

We, designers of the first Vertical Forest in Milan, invite architects, urban planners, botanists, agronomists, forestry corps, tree growers, geographers, ethologists, landscape scientists, technicians, researchers and experts in green care and urban forestry, real estate developers, administrators and representatives of local institutions and civil society, members and representatives of international organizations, funding agencies, universities and research institutes, and NGOs,

A “Christmas Tale of a Post-Quake Reconstruction”: Stefano Boeri Architetti’s Community Rebuilding in Amatrice

12:30 - 21 December, 2017

In August 2016, a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, resulting in the loss of nearly 300 lives and the destruction of centuries-worth of historic architecture. At the center of the destruction was Amatrice, a beautiful hill town set in the Latium Apennines, which was reduced to mere rubble, leaving hundreds dead or injured and the survivors homeless.

But the community could not be held down. Shortly after the disaster, rebuilding efforts began, with the assistance of some of Italy’s top architects, including Renzo Piano and Stefano Boeri Architetti, who were able to construct a brand new canteen in just a few weeks time.

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Shanghai 2117 Imagines Vertical Forest Architecture for Future Mars Colonization

08:00 - 28 October, 2017
Shanghai 2117 Imagines Vertical Forest Architecture for Future Mars Colonization, Courtesy of SUSAS 2017
Courtesy of SUSAS 2017

Can architecture and design reverse climate change? Architect and founding partner of Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA), Stefano Boeri believes it can. Boeri’s Vertical Forest, a project which marries the natural and urban spheres through biodiversity and reforestation, has already come to fruition in Milan, is currently under construction in Beijing, and soon to be constructed in Shanghai. (Watch the video to learn more about Boeri’s Vertical Forest projects.)

Stefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Vertical Forest Tower for Megaproject in Paris

14:30 - 25 October, 2017
Stefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Vertical Forest Tower for Megaproject in Paris, Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

The next Vertical Forest tower will be located in France, as Stefano Boeri Architetti have revealed renderings of their designs for Forêt Blanche, a 54-meter-tall mixed-use tower located within the Paris metropolitan region in Villiers-sur-Marne.

The latest in the family of Vertical Forest concepts, which have included built and planned projects for China, Europe, South America and the United States, Forêt Blanche will be covered by 2000 trees and plants – a green surface equivalent to a hectare of forest and more than 10 times the building footprint.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti Wins Competition for First Dutch Vertical Forest

16:00 - 6 July, 2017
© A2 Studio
© A2 Studio

Stefano Boeri Architetti’s next vertical forest project will be found in Utrecht, after the firm was selected as winners in an international competition for the construction of a new urban district in Jaarbeursboulevard. Dubbed the “Hawthrone Tower,” the first Dutch Vertical Forest will be one of two new high-rise towers to rise on the site in the Utrecht city center, located near the Utrecht Central Train Station, alongside a tower designed by Amsterdam-based MVSA studio.

The 90-meter-tall tower will be covered by 10,000 plants of different species (360 trees, 9,640 of shrubs and flowers), aimed at creating “an innovative experience of cohabitation between city and nature.” The green facade will allow Hawthorne Tower to absorb more than 5.4 tons of CO2, scrubbing the air for healthier living conditions for both residents of the tower and the wider city.

In Progress: Amatrice Refectory / Stefano Boeri Architetti

06:00 - 5 July, 2017
In Progress: Amatrice Refectory  / Stefano Boeri Architetti, © Francesco Mattuzzi
© Francesco Mattuzzi

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Stefano Boeri on Designing the World's First Forest City in China

12:00 - 30 June, 2017

I really hope that this experiment will become a reference for many other architects, for many other urban planners, for many other public administrators and politicians, in order to implement, improve and multiplicate the realization of forest cities in China and all over the world.

In this video, Stefano Boeri explains the design of the just-announced Lizhou Forest City, which, when completed in 2020, will become the world’s first ground-up city constructed employing the firm’s signature Vertical Forest research.

Boeri explains the evolution of the concept from their first Vertical Forest project in Milan to the Lizhou development, which will accommodate up to 30,000 people in a master plan of environmentally efficient structures covered top-to-bottom in plants and trees, as well as the planning processes required to bring the project to fruition.