The seemingly random layout of the balconies is also part of the design since they help make the “Vertical
Forest” look as natural as possible and create sufficient space for planting.
Gardener wanted. GEDA Façade Cleaning Hoists found.
However, “Il Bosco Verticale“ does have a few maintenance challenges. In addition to the necessary façade cleaning,
the numerous bushes and trees must be cut at regular intervals and the irregular layout of the balconies which jut
out 3.35 metres presented a particular challenge here.
Therefore a highly-intelligent solution had to be found to ensure that this garden maintenance was carried out in
as simple and secure a manner as possible.
The construction company, ZH General Construction Company AG, therefore, decided upon two façade cleaning
hoists from Geda-Dechentreiter GmbH & Co.KG.
Both the F-TH-4-F façade cleaning hoists for “Il Bosco Verticale” were developed and produced in Gera at the site
of a subsidiary of the Bavarian mechanical engineering company.
The hoists have been installed permanently over the treetops of the two residential buildings. The façade
cleaning hoists are each authorised for a rated load of 240 kg. Using two telescopic booms with an outrigger of up
to 26 metres, the hoists safely transport two people in the personnel lift (PL) along the façade.
From the PL the fronts can be cleaned at any height and the trees and shrubs on the balconies can be cut. The
drum lifting gear enables the lifting and lowering of the personnel hoist at a speed of 12 m/min. All positioning
movements for the PL are motor-controlled.
Lifting heights on “Il Bosco Verticale” are 119 or 87 metres. A load winch has been incorporated in order to
change glass or other elements. On “Il Bosco Verticale” these can also be used to exchange trees.
All Geda façade cleaning hoists are designed, manufactured and commissioned in accordance with EN1808 –
Safety requirements on suspended Access Equipment. The company plan, design and manufacture special systems
adapted to their intended use. In addition to the provision and installation of systems for new buildings, the
company also exchanges old devices for new.
Perfect “look”
The “Il Bosco Verticale” high-rise complex is part of the “Porta Nuova” city development project in Milan. Where
previously the cityscape was punctuated with fallow industrial sites, today modern residential and office buildings,
hotels, conference centres and cultural centres are springing up across an area over 330,000 m².
The “horizontal areas” surrounding the “vertical forest” have also been laid out with their own green spaces.
Milan is therefore not only setting the benchmark in fashion, but also in architecture. And with the two Geda façade
cleaning hoists, the necessary “beauty enhancements” will be perfectly taken care of.
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