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Australian architect praised by David Attenborough for green building

Australian architect praised by David Attenborough for green building

Beloved naturalist Sir David Attenborough has praised an Australian architect on social media for his work designing “the world’s greenest residential building”.

Australian architect praised by David Attenborough for green building

Japanese-born, Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada is set to create ‘Urban Forest’, a 30-storey residential building which will be covered in 1000 trees and more than 20,000 native plants.

There will be a 1500sqm solar farm on the building’s roof, as well as natural thermal and solar insulation from the building’s green facade.

Attenborough posted about the building on Facebook, talking up its green credentials and issuing a call to “bring nature back into cities”.

Australia is getting a 30-story apartment building that's covered in 1,000 trees and 20,000 native plants! It'll be the…

Posted by David Attenborough on Saturday, 17 October 2020

Work on Urban Forest in South Brisbane is set to commence at the end of 2021. The building will include 382 homes, a two-level rooftop garden and a public park.

Takada said he was surprised by the feedback and is grateful for the support.

“We weren’t expecting anybody like David Attenborough to recognise our commitment to possibly create the world’s greenest building, but it certainly gives us a great drive to the next level,” Takada said.

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