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Barely a month after opening, Milan's Bosco Verticale has won the 2014 International Highrise Award, a biannual prize given by the City of Frankfurt and Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The jury called the towers "a striking example of a symbiosis of architecture and nature,” and jury president Christoph Ingenhoven added that the project is “an expression of the human need for contact with nature."
The towers were originally proposed in 2011 by architect Stefano Boeri as part of his BioMilano: six ideas for a bio-diverse metropolis. Bosco Verticale, which means "vertical forest," comprises two 27-story luxury high-rise residential towers teeming with cantilevered balconies and planted with almost 900 trees and more than 2,000 shrubs and bushes. His firm describes the towers as "a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity."