China is out to build a fleet of the most nature-incorporated architectural structures in the world. After a never-ending series of record-breaking glass bridges — and even a glass bathroom — construction has begun on Asia’s first vertical forest in Nanjing.
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.
The project is named Nanjing Green Towers — a fairly succinct and straightforward choice. Two green towers will stand over the city, covered in over 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading plants.The greenery, which will cover a 6,000-square-meter area, is expected to absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide each year while producing 130 pounds (60 kilograms) of oxygen each day.