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This Conceptual Skyscraper Could Bring Living Blossoms to the Manhattan Skyline

Imagine looking up at the luxurious New York skyline and seeing…flowers? ! And not in a pigeon’s beak! It turns out that real plants, growing vertically several stories into the sky, rooted in a skyscraper, could very well be the future of Midtown.

Architect Selium Vural of Brooklyn-based Studio Vural has launched plans for what he calls a 21-story concept skyscraper named Lilly.

Inspired by his own 1,000 square foot rooftop, where he grows vegetables, fruits and flowers, Vural wants to construct a large-scale green building showcasing his favorite urban flower: lilies. “It’s a very hardy, hardy plant,” he said, noting that the flower has been an amazing addition to his own rooftop terrace. “They proliferate, give new bulbs and spread throughout the garden.”

As an urban gardener, Vural has seen how he has integrated into Brooklyn’s natural ecosystem, feeding birds and insects and letting his plants absorb carbon from our heavily polluted city.

And so, Lilly was born. Renderings of the mixed-use skyscraper that surrounds Bryant Park aren’t just conceptual.

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“It is possible to get there,” Vural stressed. New York City already has several buildings with geothermal energy, solar panels, and green roofs, such as the Barclays Center, which is clad in sedum, a low-maintenance greenery that adds both beauty and beauty. ecological benefit for the stadium.

If grass can grow on a massive structure in one of Brooklyn’s busiest intersections, why can’t flowers bloom in the sky near Times Square?

“One of the main reasons you don’t see more vertical walls like this is the difficulty of maintenance, watering and cold weather,” Vural noted. However, irrigation technology would help with maintenance and watering, and Asiatic lilies are “hardy enough to survive the winter,” he said.If we provide the right conditions, the lilies will thrive.”

Not only do the flowers provide a beautiful natural aesthetic, flower beds provide natural insulation and carbon absorption. The more plants there are, the cleaner the air at the source of the pollution. Imagine, Midtown Manhattan smelling the perfume!

“When it’s done, nature will reward us,” Vural said.