Switzerland, a country not known for its lack of trees, has come up with a new solution to grow a few more: a ā€˜vertical forestā€™, or more accurately, a 383-ft skyscraper masquerading as a shrub.

Designed by Italian Stefano Boeri, the tower will consist of cantilevered concrete pods interspersed with cedar trees. Itā€™s being built in Lausanne, and use will be split between luxury apartments, retail space, and a top-floor restaurant. Construction is due to begin in 2017.

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This isnā€™t Boeriā€™s first ā€˜vertical forestā€™, and as with the others, there are some debates about the sustainability creds of a building made mostly from reinforced concrete.

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