Dozens of countries are trying to find new and innovative ways to make the world a healthier, happier place for both humans and nature alike.
One such example would be more environmentally friendly homes, such as Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden. This experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a "vertical forest, "with beautifully kept gardens on every balcony. Essentially, residents would be waking up in their own green paradise every morning, which proved quite popular, in theory.
According to the project’s estate agent, the rower block was extremely sought after and all 826 apartments were snapped up by April earlier this year. However, instead of the luxury eco-paradise that was envisaged by so many, the towers look like a post-apocalyptic fortress, unkept and overrun by nature itself. So why had this set of flats lost their appeal all of a sudden? Well, there was an infestation. An infestation of mosquitoes. Humans love the idea of living in a city-forest but one thing that no one had planned for is the fact that mosquitoes love all the plants too!
Overrun Tower Block
The block of apartments has now become a desolate wasteland with only a handful of families having moved into Qiyi City Forest Garden due to the overwhelming infestation of bugs and critters, mainly mosquitoes. Built back in 2018, each private balcony was designed to provide space for plants to grow and thrive, in an albeit controlled environment.
No tenants means no one is there caring for the gardens and without any care, the eight towers have since been overrun by their own plants, as well as invaded by thousands of pesky mosquitoes. The neglected balconies have been almost entirely absorbed with branches hanging over railings, cascading down the sides of the buildings.
That said, a few residents have moved in, official numbers are still unknown but estimates say there are ten families currently living in the apartment block. A handful of balconies had pruned plants and furniture outside, as well as lights turned on inside the apartments. While it may not be pleasant for most, it clearly hasn’t phased some families who are more than willing to brave the mosquito infestation.
What started out as a brilliant idea to attract new residents and being nature back into the urban area, has since turned into a disaster with mosquitos and various other bugs raiding the towers plants and terrorising residents, pushing many away. Hopefully this won’t be permanent and once the plants are back under control, the mosquito numbers will die down and residents can move into their new world of paradise.