Italian architectural firm Stefano Boeri has announced that it will be designing two ‘vertical forest’ buildings, to be completed by 2018.
The forest will be built with alternating levels of “green tanks and balconies,” in a similar style to Milan’s famous Vertical Forest building, which will rise over 650 feet above the Nanjing Pukou District.
The project is named Nanjing Green Towers. Two green towers will stand over the city, covered in over 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading plants.
According to an official press release, the Nanjing Towers will absorb enough carbon dioxide to make around 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of oxygen every day. China’s Vertical Forest is scheduled to be completed sometime next year. The buildings are expected to produce 60 kg of Oxygen per day.
Italian publication ‘Living’ reported that the shorter tower will house a hotel, while the taller one will be home to a museum, offices and an architecture school.
The spaces will include retail, hotel accommodation, and even a school for architects. There will be house over 1,000 trees and approximately 2,500 shrubs from 23 different local species.