Vertical Forest Towers In China To Produce Over 132 Pounds Of Oxygen Daily

February 7, 2017


These are the Nanjing Towers being constructed in Nanjing, China and scheduled for completion sometime next year. They will be Asia's first vertical forests (previously: a similar building in Switzerland, designed by the same architect, Stefano Boeri, who clearly loves greenery), feature over 1,000 trees, 2,500 shrubs, and produce over 132 pounds of oxygen per day. For reference, that's almost enough for me provided I don't panic and start breathing heavy, which is unlikely. I am a constant panic attack. I'm pretty sure the last time I got a good night's sleep I was still in utero. Since then life's pretty much been a constant fear of monsters, ghosts, school, work, relationships, health, and not getting stabbed by a stranger on public transportation. And my parents act like I'm the one that's crazy for still wanting to sleep in their room at night.

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Thanks to Stephanie B, who's just happy to keep her one plant alive.

  • Max

    We already have one in Sydney, it's awesome...

  • Guesticle

    what do you think a branch falling from that height would do to a person unfortunate enough to be walking by when it falls?

  • Pu Koh

    Pretty sure the pollution would kill the plants before it produces any oxygen.

  • DFCtomm

    Why not go one step further and grow something edible? You'll need it when the deplorables put your cities under siege.

  • TheQiwiMan
  • WhiteEagle2

    Cool idea that would be better if all buildings did this. However, I wonder what the long term maintenance will be like on this building. Will the root structures start find ways out of their allotted space? Que Jeff Goldbloom gif.

  • DFCtomm

    The great destroyer of every building is water and plants, but this one is going to somehow withstand those forces?

  • The_Wretched

    There's two big issues - 1. water, it tends to leak and reduce the concrete integrity (which is hard to see under dirt and plants 2. mass of the growing plants (it goes up over time)

  • Wraith

    So about enough for 88 people. Assuming 1.5 pounds or 19 cubic feet a day.

  • DFCtomm

    HAHAHAHAHA Math is depressing

  • Guesticle

    you get better numbers with transparent panes of algae, and you can mix that algae into rice as a food supplement, gives it that meaty taste people love

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