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Milan's 'Vertical Forest' Declared 2014's Coolest High-Rise

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, though the existence of an award this specific is kind of surprising, Milan's "vertical forest" has been named the winner of the 2014 International Highrise Award. Rising above a shortlist of towers by Rem Koolhass, Jean Nouvel, and Steven Holl, Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale was selected for being an "expression of the human need for contact with nature."

"It is a radical and daring idea for the cities of tomorrow, and without a doubt represents a model for the development of densely populated urban areas in other European countries," continued jury president Christoph Ingenhoven. It's got like 900 trees on it.

· Bosco Verticale: The World's "Most Beautiful and Innovative Highrise" [Arch Daily]