Utrecht city planners have given the green light to the twin tower Wonderwoods project. The 410 home apartment block will be located in the centre of Utrecht, creating a vertical forest of over 300 trees. Work is slated to be completed at the end of 2023.

Wonderwoods, officials say, is contributing to the creation of a healthy urban environment by integrating nature in both its design and construction. In total, the complex will have one hectare of forest – 360 trees and 10,000 plants – when completed. The vegetation is based on local species and will absorb 5,400 kg of CO2 and return 41,000 kg of oxygen in its place, helping to boost air quality.

Part of the complex will be open to the general public and it will also include restaurants, a gym, retail, a place for digital art and a Vertical Forest Hub: an education centre focusing on sustainability and nature.

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