Switzerland, a country not known for its lack of trees, has come up with a new solution to grow a few more: a ‘vertical forest’, 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. It’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.
This isn’t Boeri’s first ‘vertical forest’, and as with the others, there are some debates about the sustainability creds of a building made mostly from reinforced concrete.