The green buildings of the city of Chengdu in China.
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These abandoned plants have invaded the balconies… and attracted mosquitoes.
In China, in the city of Chengdu, “green” residential buildings have turned into a nightmare for their inhabitants, invaded by their own vegetation.
Some even fled.
The complex of eight experimental buildings was built in 2018 in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
At the time, the project was described as “a vertical forest”.
Special feature: the apartments in this residential area, called “Qiyi Forest Garden”, all have balconies where vegetation is maximized, giving the buildings the appearance of a small jungle.
VIDEO: An experimental green housing project in China's southwestern Chengdu city has been overrun by its own plants, with state media reporting that only a handful of buyers have moved in pic.twitter.com/YVLCk9C6DR
- AFP news agency (@AFP) September 15, 2020
According to the real estate developer's website, all of the 826 apartments put up for sale found a buyer very quickly in April 2018. But videos shot in early September show buildings with a neglected appearance, where vegetation seems to have literally invaded the premises. : a mini-forest extends over many balconies and on the exterior walls.
Some apartments seem occupied, with light inside, well-trimmed plants and furniture on the terrace.
But the terraces of many others are covered by neglected vegetation.
Only a dozen families have moved into the neighborhood, according to the semi-official
The low occupancy rate is said to be due to the presence of numerous mosquitoes, which proliferate due to the vegetation, tenants told the newspaper.
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