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Work on Africa's first 'vertical forest' properties to start in 2020 in Egypt

According to news organisation CNN, the project is being headed up by Italian architect Stefano Boeri alongside Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash and Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti, who revealed designs for three buildings covered in planted terraces in the desert, 30 miles east from Cairo.

The development will include three tower blocks, each measuring 30m in height, and will reportedly comprise 350 trees and 14,000 shrubs of over 100 species overall. Two of the properties will be residential apartments and one will be a hotel, according to the report.

Speaking to CNN, Shalash said that she had been working on the vertical forest residential development with Boeri for the past five years.

“Egypt is witnessing a flourishing moment in terms of new planning and real estate development. This is the moment to be present,” said Shalash reportedly. “We couldn't think of a better start than introducing environmentally sustainable architecture solutions.”

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