vertical forest

Residents shun Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project

PHOTO: A photo from the beginning of August shows residents looking on from a balcony covered with plants in their apartment

  • The experimental project in Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden had manicured gardens on every balcony
  • Only a handful of families have moved in because of an infestation of mosquitos, state media reported
  • Eight towers have been overrun by plants without any tenants to care for them and invaded by mosquitos

An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a ‘vertical forest’, with manicured gardens on every balcony.

All 826 apartments were sold out by April this year, according to the project’s estate agent, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like the set of a desolate, post-apocalyptic film.

Only a handful of families have moved into Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden because of an infestation of mosquitoes, state media have reported.