Top architect Mario Cucinella is to design Rome’s first foray into green architecture, the ‘Fo.Ro’. The Foresta Romana (Roman Forest) project aims to vie with Milan’s iconic Vertical Forest designed by another famous architect, Stefano Boeri.
The high-rise building, that is slated for Rome’s southern fringe between via delle Sette Chiese and Via Cristoforo Colombo, is structured like a tree.
The lower floors will house offices and commercial spaces that root it to the ground. The upper storeys, meanwhile, will host the residences that make up the trunk and from which branch out the loggias. The latter will have ample panoramic terraces rich in vegetation, Cucinella says.
His website says the Fo.Ro project aims to become “a symbol of contemporary architecture and regeneration in Rome”.
The website also describes the Piazza dei Navigatori as the ideal backdrop for the Fo.Ro residential project. The houses use the sun as a source of clean energy and reclaimed water for irrigation.
Furthermore, the large, curved terraces have terracotta cladding, “reminiscent of the texture and colour of bark, and brise soleil”, useful for shading from the sun.
The foray into green architecture is long overdue for the capital city.
Tightrope walker crosses from Milan’s vertical wood
An Italian tightrope walker crossed a wire strung between two Milan skyscrapers at a height of about 140 metres on Friday.
Loreni crossed a rope stretching between two iconic Milanese landmarks, the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Wood) designed by Stefano Boeri, and the UniCredit Tower, Italy’s tallest building at 231 metres, designed by Pelli Clarke.