Towering 'Vertical Forest' social housing meets global challenges in the Netherlands

Taking the concept of green roofs a considerable leap further, Milan-based architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti, has announced the design of Trudo Vertical Forest of Eindhoven – a new social Urban Forestry project in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This ‘Vertical Forest’ social housing project continues the Italian practice’s design activities in favour of sustainable architecture worldwide.

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ollowing the Vertical Forest projects of Milan, Nanjing, Utrecht, Tirana, Lausanne and Paris – and after the global publication of the call-to-action video for Urban Forestry – comes the announcement of the new Vertical Forest to be constructed in the Netherlands, Eindhoven.

The Trudo Vertical Forest will be the first Vertical Forest adopted by a social housing project. It is therefore destined for use by low-income social groups, particularly young people with an urban lifestyle. The 19 floors of the tower will house apartments rented out at affordable rates and graced by balconies with hundreds of trees and plants in a wide variety of species.

Meeting all demands

“The high-rise building of Eindhoven confirms that it is possible to combine the great challenges of climate change with those of housing shortages. Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers,” declares Stefano Boeri.

The client, Sint-Trudo, has been immensely keen on the construction of this building, which will have 125 social housing units.

“The Trudo Vertical Forest sets new living standards. Each apartment will have a surface area of under 50m² and the exclusive benefit of one tree, 20 shrubs and over 4m² of terrace.

“Thanks to the use of pre-fabrication, the rationalisation of technical solutions for the facade, and the consequent optimisation of resources, this will be the first Vertical Forest prototype destined for social housing,” states Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Project Director of Stefano Boeri Architetti.

The Trudo Vertical Forest tower will be a 75m skyscraper whose facade will provide a home to 125 trees, 5200 shrubs and plants. It will create a green habitat in the metropolitan environment to facilitate the development of biodiversity, an authentic ecosystem with over 70 different plant species able to counteract atmospheric pollution, thanks to the capacity of trees to absorb over 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

A new cornerstone for design

The particular characteristic of the buildings in the Vertical Forest family is that of conceiving vegetation and living nature as actual cornerstones of the architectural projects, rather than mere ornamental elements.

For the design of the plant component of the Trudo Vertical Forest, Studio Laura Gatti, managed by Agronomist Laura Gatti – who has contributed to the Vertical Forest in Milan and other urban forestry projects by Stefano Boeri Architetti – will work closely with Du Pré Groenprojecten in Helmond and the plant nursery Van den Berk in Sint-Oedenrode. Sint Trudo will handle the maintenance work.

Following Milan, Lausanne, Nanjing, Paris, Tirana, Shanghai, Utrecht and Liuzhou Forest City, it is now the turn of Eindhoven, the latest piece to be added to a great urban forestry design by Stefano Boeri Architetti.

Fact File:

Location: Strijp-S, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Client: Sint Trudo
General contractor: Stam + De Koning
Architecture: Stefano Boeri Architetti
Partner: Stefano Boeri
Project director: Francesca Cesa Bianchi
Project leader: Paolo Russo
Team: Giulia Chiatante, Elisa Versari Inbo
Project coordinator: Aron Bogers
Landscape consultant: Studio Laura Gatti
Facade consultant: SCE Project
Structure: Adviesbureau Tielemans
MEP engineer: Ten Hooven
Landscape contractor: Dupre
Visualisation: The Big Picture Visual

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