Last year, we talked about the design of Stefano Boeri’s vision of a “bosco verticale.” The design for this building calls for installing forests on and throughout a skyscraper. Despite the unique challenges of this ambitious objective, his plan is actually becoming a reality.

“You can begin to imagine relaxing high up above the city amongst the dappled sunlight breaking through the leaves, breathing the fresh air, filtered by the forest microclimate, deep into your lungs,” Inhabitant contributor Liz Eve wrote.

Boeri’s project is well underway. Scaffolding on the entire 26-story building is already dismantled, selections of the plants and trees have been chosen, and photographs of the project itself are readily available on Inhabitant. Although construction is not completed until this spring or summer, expect this skyscraper in Milan, Italy to have at least a LEED Gold Certification.

Additional green recycling initiatives for the apartment complex include solar panels for the vegetation and repurposing gray water for these plants. Concerns over the longevity of these greens are at hand, but a local maintenance company helped Boeri Studios choose shrubbery that could withstand higher elevation and a dynamic climate.

Moving to Italy to live in one of these 65 50,000 square meter spaces may not be ideal for some businesses, but there are other ways to reinforce an eco-friendly working environment. Instead of finding a way to make a garden outside of your home office, why not update the office with quality office furniture?

Lightly used commercial furnishings can be an excellent addition to a work environment, and it doesn’t have to cost organizations thousands of dollars. This is an affordable alternative that also helps the environment.