Deemed as the “most beautiful and innovative highrise in the world”, Bosco Verticale by Boeri Studio is known for bringing 800 trees and 14 thousand plants to the beautiful city of Milan. We featured a post on this green residential project during its construction phase, when things looked almost too good to be true. Fortunately, the two super-structures have recently opened their doors to the first residents and the photos below capture the Milan skyline in all its glory, “vertical forests” included.

The project has won the 2014 International Highrise Award, with members of the jury agreeing that this project could be a prototype for future city buildings: “The Vertical Forest is an expression of the human need for contact with nature,” stated jury president Christoph Ingenhoven. “It is a radical and daring idea for the cities of tomorrow, and without a doubt represents a model for the development of densely populated urban areas in other European countries.” The project consists of two landscaped towers that together accommodate 113 apartments, each offering expansive city views. Solar panels contribute to the self-sufficiency of the buildings, while waste water from the complex is filtered and reused to irrigate the plants.