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Sustainability doesn’t have to be some kind of a compromise – it can even be the element that drives the aesthetics. (Bjarke Ingels, Architect)


In 2019 a real living forest will appear in the centre of Moscow just a few steps from the Red Square. Zaryadye Park – designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, creators of the acclaimed High Line park in New York – comes under the heading of what is known as Wild Urbanism, an urban design trend that extends nature and the countryside into the urban landscape, in which natural elements and crops coexist and interact with the built environment, creating a new genre of public space. 

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This re-naturalisation process, which is gaining ground in the great global metropolises, is also reflected in interior architecture and design. Following Milan, the Stefano Boeri Studio of Architecture will create a new vertical forest in Lausanne. The 117 metre high Tour des Cedres (Tower of Cedars) will be home to 100 trees, 6,000 shrubs and 18,000 perennial, hanging and ground cover plants. The protagonists of the green skyscraper will be four different species of cedar, one of the most majestic trees in the world.

Interior and furniture concepts also draw inspiration from a new imaginary plant world, channelling a widespread desire to re-establish contact with nature at its wildest. The natural elements make a powerful insurgence into the domestic context as an integral part of the design and as a natural extension of the outside environment. 

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The Pit House is a home in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture designed by UID Architects that literally melds with the earth and with the surrounding natural environment. The internal space is designed on a circular plan using components clad in concrete, wood and glass that set up a direct connection between the inside and the outside and allow the Zen garden to extend into the house.

This is just one of the many examples of the way in which nature today is once more being seen as a “structural” element, on a par with all the others and affording greater benefits in terms of liveability, energy saving and quality of life to living spaces. The roof garden and green walls improve air quality by filtering out dust and emissions, mitigating the typical urban heat island effect, cutting sound pollution and acting as natural internal temperature thermoregulators.

This trend leverages the wider issue of both environmental and economic sustainability, which continues to impact massively on the planning and design sector in the broadest sense of both words.

This macrotrend manifests itself within living spaces in two tangible ways, which we have termed Second Nature and Raw Style