Bosco Verticale: one of the most iconic skyscrapers of the last 50 years

Alison Carter
14 Feb 2020

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has selected Bosco Verticale as one of the world’s 50 buildings that are most valuable in terms of growth and sustainable development in their cities, representing a model for future skyscrapers

The ranking was published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which had already awarded Bosco Verticale as the world’s most beautiful skyscraper in 2015.

This recognition is first and foremost an award to experimentation in architecture, rewarding the idea that living nature can become an essential component of the architecture of the future, an essential component of our cities.

Stefano Boeri, architect

What has become a symbol and a model of sustainability and excellence in the world received, once again, international recognition. This award further consolidates Porta Nuova and Bosco Verticale as Italian examples of innovative architecture worldwide, incorporating new solutions to ensure sustainability.

Manfredi Catella, founder and CEO of COIMA SGR

Bosco Verticale is located in the Porta Nuova district, at the heart of one of the most important urban regeneration projects in a European historical centre. The two green towers overlook the 10 hectares of the Biblioteca degli Alberi of Milan, known as BAM. The park is the first example in Italy of a public park managed by a private organisation, the Riccardo Catella Foundation, which is in charge of managing the green space, an important element reconnecting the entire Porta Nuova area.

Bosco Verticale, designed by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra) and built and managed by COIMA, is among the tall buildings that have added the most value to the city and its urban community. Furthermore, since its creation, Bosco Verticale has become a reference point for buildings subsequently developed that integrate a botanic element into their architectural body.

The complete list of the 50 most representative skyscrapers of the last 50 years includes only four others that, together with Bosco Verticale, were completed in 2014: two are in London, one in Chile and one in Australia. 


Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)

Bosco Verticale Landscape Design: Emanuela Borio and Laura Gatti

Interior Design: COIMA Image

Aesthetic Supervision of works: Davor Popovic

Design phases: 2006 – 2008

Investor: Qatar Investment Authority

Asset Management: COIMA SGR

Property Management: COIMA Srl

Construction phases: 2008 – 2014

Design development: Gianni Bertoldi (coordinator), Francesco de Felice, Alessandro Agosti, Andrea Casetto, Matteo Colognese, Angela Parrozzani, Stefano Onnis

Schematic design and PII: Frederic de Smet (coordinator), Daniele Barillari, Marco Brega,

Julien Boitard, Matilde Cassani, Andrea Casetto, Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Inge Lengwenus,

Corrado Longa, Eleanna Kotsikou, Matteo Marzi, Emanuela Messina, Andrea Sellanes

Structures: Arup Italia s.r.l.

Facilities Design: Deerns Italia s.p.a.

Detailed Design: Tekne s.p.a.

Landscape Design: Land s.r.l.

Infrastructure Design: Alpina s.p.a.

Building Management & Supervision of Works (DL) 2008-2012: MI.PR.AV. s.r.l.

Building Management & Supervision of Works (DL) 2013-2014: Studio Ing. Giorgio Ceruti

Cost, Time & Tender Management: J&A Consultants s.r.l.

General Contractor 2008-2012: ZH General Construction Company S.p.A.

Main Contractor 2013-2014: COLOMBO COSTRUZIONI S.p.A.

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