Disguising this 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy, is what appears to be a potted forest containing both trees and steel beams looking like branches. This project attempts to work around Turin’s homogenized urban landscape by integrating actual life into the look of residential buildings. 25 Verde is designed by Luciano Pia.
With 150 trees absorbing close to 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour, this structure aims to create a transition from outdoor to inside. The result is pollution protection as this natural absorption helps to eliminate the harmful gasses caused by cars, not to mention the harsh sound of the street hustle and bustle. Inside the building the perfect micro climate is created, as temperatures steady during both cold and warm months. Warm light is let in during the winter, while rays of sun are blocked by the plants foliage allowing for cool in the summer.
Containing 63 units with terraces and vegetation just beyond their windows, each plant included is specifically chosen to provide the best variety of color, foliage, and blooming. Real world benefits are the result of this innovative design, but it also provides the childhood dream of living in a treehouse!