Eindhoven’s forests defy gravity!


With the Liuzhou Forest City just a few years from completion, Stefano Boeri continues to make this world more habitable not just for humans, but for plants too. The Trudo Vertical Forest in Eindhoven, Netherlands, comes with 125 housing units where each apartment will have a surface area of under 50 sq.m. and the exclusive benefit of 1 tree, 20 shrubs, and over 4 sq.m. of terrace space.

“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. Providing homes to over 200 individuals as well as a healthy 5300+ plants, the 75 meter high skyscraper can absorb 50 tons of carbon dioxide every year. While the Trudo Vertical Forest remains in its conceptual stage, it’s interesting to see that something as commonplace as a skyscraper can help solve the earth’s polluted atmospheric crisis, and with people like Stefano Boeri championing that cause, maybe the future doesn’t have to choose between human settlement and natural forest cover anymore.

Designer: Stefano Boeri Architetti for Sint-Trudo