Stefano Boeri Architects designs Trudo Vertical Forest, first Social Housing Vertical Forest in Eindhoven
A 3-episode documentary video, published on Instagram, narrates the project and the realisation of the Trudo Vertical Forest, the first social housing Vertical Forest in the world, designed by the Stefano Boeri Architetti studio and built in the Netherlands, in Eindhoven.
Seven years have passed since the inauguration of Bosco Verticale, the famous and award-winning residential complex designed and built in Milan's Porta Nuova area by the Stefano Boeri Architetti studio. The two residential towers have become prototypes for an architecture of biodiversity, where man can live in direct relationship with other living species, trees and shrubs, birds and insects. Buildings that the architecture studio is experimenting with in different parts of the world, exploring new ways of relating with others, intended as other forms of life with which we share our space, but also as a new form of urban renewal, of sustainability and of greening.
In the deep conviction, as architect Stefano Boeri himself affirmed, that "living in contact with trees and greenery – and enjoying their advantages – is not the prerogative of rich people, but could well become a possible choice for millions of citizens around the world, the studio took up a great challenge: to design a new Vertical Forest, making it accessible to those with low incomes.
A challenge won with the construction of the Trudo Vertical Forest, a 70-metre-tall 19-storey residential tower, which on its four façades houses 135 trees of various species and 10,000 shrubs and smaller plants. The building was built in Strijp-S, a converted former Philips industrial area, which today has become a desirable and creative district of Eindhoven. The 19 floors of the residential tower house 125 small apartments. Each flat is less than 50 square metres, but with a large spatial extension offered by the terraces of more than 4 square metres and the microenvironment created on each of them, consisting of a tree and twenty bushes. The 125 apartments, all already allocated based on necessity or by lottery, are rent-controlled and in particular aimed at low-income individuals or young couples. As architect Francesca Cesa Bianchi, partner and director of the project at Stefano Boeri Architetti explains, thanks to the use of prefabrication for the main part of the building, to the rationalisation of certain technical façade solutions and therefore to the optimisation of resources a significant reduction in construction costs was achieved. The greenery project was conceived with the technical consultancy of Studio Laura Gatti, which had already collaborated on the construction of the original Bosco Verticale in Milan and on other ongoing urban forestry projects, in collaboration with the Dutch DuPré Groenprojecten studio from Helmond and the Van den Berk nursery from Sint-Oedenrode.
Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti photos by Paolo Rosselli
Project Name: Trudo Vertical Forest
Architects: Stefano Boeri Architetti https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/
Stefano Boeri (Founding partner), Francesca Cesa Bianchi (Managing Partner and Project Director) Paolo Russo (Project leader)
Stefano Boeri Architetti Team: Giulia Chiatante, Lorenzo Masotto, Elisa Versari
Façade design: Studio Laura Gatti
Executive architect: Inbo
Rendering: The Big Picture
Team, suppliers and partners of Sint-Trudo:
Stam en De Koning, Unica, Westo Prefab Betonsystemen, Adviesbureau Tielemans, Ten Hove techniek, Du Pré Groenprojecten, Van den Berk Boomkwekerijen, HB Watertechnologie, CeletctRon, Ergolift, Eurosafe Solutions, Ennatuurlijk, Wijmoco Geveltechniek, Trahecon, Peter Lubbers, Peutz, EG Projecten, City of Eindhoven, Trudo, Strijp-S and all residents.
Photos: Paolo Rosselli
Video credits: @theblinkfish
Producers: Stefano Boeri Architetti @Trudo @Stamendekoning @Inbo @reynaersalu @studiolauragatti @vandenberknurseries #Dupregroenproject
Episode 1: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CXQ6DHHFlGn/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Episode 2: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CXTcttJPvw9/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Episode 3: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CXVxubCL6ls/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link