The first ‘Vertical Forest City’ in China has been finished, housing roughly 500 inhabitants as well as over 5,000 bushes and trees.
In a Chinese megacity, an experimental green housing project offered residents a “vertical forest” with manicured gardens on every balcony.
According to the project’s estate agency, all 826 flats were sold by April this year, but instead of a futuristic eco-paradise, the towers resemble the scene of a dismal, post-apocalyptic thriller.
What is the issue? Mosquitoes adore the plants as well.
Because of an infestation, just a few households have relocated into Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden, according to official media.
According to local media sources, the project in the city’s south-western district was completed in 2018, with each private balcony designed to offer space for plants to thrive.
The eight towers have been overrun by their own flora – and infested by mosquitoes – due to a lack of residents to care for them.
Plants have nearly completely engulfed some neglected balconies, with branches dangling from railings all over the towers, according to footage taken earlier this month.
Some of the windows that were still visible beneath the thick plants had paper taped over them.
Some inhabitants, though, appeared to have withstood the insects, with plants and outdoor furniture manicured on balconies and lights switched on inside the flats.