Leonardo DiCaprio just made a documentary called “Before the Flood.” It depicts his journey to discovering the damaging effects of climate change on our planet and ways we can decrease our carbon footprint.
Architect Stefan Boeri is doing his part. Leo would approve of his building ideas.Stefano Boeri
Boeri’s latest project is a tree-covered hotel called the Mountain Forest Hotel, located in Guizhou, China. From its foundation to the roof, the entire hotel will be covered with plants, trees and shrubs.
Boeri wanted to restore the surrounding landscape to its original ecosystem “by reconstructing a former existing hill that was flattened years ago,” which emulates “the past and present hills,” according Boeri’s website.
The ultimate goal of this project is symbiosis. “The symbiosis between man, architecture and nature is the real sustainability,” Boeri’s site notes. “Sustainability not only depends on energy conservation, but on a wider biodiversity.”
This isn’t Boeri’s first time designing sustainable buildings. He helped build the first “vertical forest” in his hometown of Milan a couple years ago. One month later, he unveiled another vertical forest in Switzerland called “Tower of the Cedars.”
The 250-room Mountain Forest Hotel will feature a gym, VIP area, lounge, bar, restaurant and conference room. The interior will be designed by local artist Simon Ma.Stefano Boeri
The hotel is part of a master plan to renovate 400 acres in the Wanfeng Valley, as this part of China was inaccessible in the past. In 2014, the government built a $20 billion high-speed rail system that can transport people to the nearest major city in four hours, where before it took 20 hours to get there.
If you’re looking to book a room, you’ll have to wait until fall of 2017. In the meantime, you can still check out the Guizhou region of China—and you should, as it’s one of The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2016.