The Goyeau Green Towers – 727 / 777 Goyeau Street, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
The Goyeau Green Twin Towers are designed to create an urban vertical forest where people and nature will coexist within two 21 storey landmark residential towers in the city of Windsor. It is a project for metropolitan reforestation with vertical planting which will absorb carbon, reduce pollution, buffer noise, and provide cooling while enhancing the natural environment with biodiversity. The towers will house 544 apartments with a landscaped podium for 548 cars and be covered with thousands of shrubs and plants. Each Tower will have 54 large 3 level trees with smaller vegetation on private balconies which will improve air quality efficiently by absorbing carbon dioxide. The plantings will also play a key role in moderating indoor temperatures in the summer by shading the interiors while hosting multiple species of trees and shrubs to promote biodiversity providing an oasis for nesting birds. The vegetation also supports the occupants by producing oxygen and humidity while establishing connections with nature through sensory perception with the natural elements of water, air, light, and greenery. This helps in creating a more productive and healthier environment with positive effects for the psychological and physiological health of all residents. The buildings will be self-sufficient using renewable energy from solar panels located on the southwest side of both towers. Filtered wastewater will also be utilized to sustain the buildings’ plant life. Thus, the green technology systems will reduce the overall waste and carbon footprint of the towers with the cooling benefit of the facades contributing to reduced temperatures in the vicinity of the building in the urban core of Windsor.