Two hundred trees protect this unique apartment complex in Torino, Italy
With 25 Verde, Italian architect Luciano Pia wanted to create a living forest in the city, and he ended up creating an urban treehouse straight from our wildest dreams. The apartment complex in Torino, Italy, is home to 200 trees! Even the building’s steel structure imitates a forest with trunks emerging from the sidewalk and giving way to steely branches.
One hundred and fifty trees cover the buildings exterior, protruding from walls and suspended in oversize flower pots that dot the facade. Fifty more trees occupy the ground-level courtyard. The trees create a green barrier that blocks urban air and noise pollution, while also helping with internal temperature regulation.
The building fills an entire city block with its harmonious facade that breaks from the city’s homogeneity. Soft undulations clad in larch shingles contrast with the sharp, irregular terraces. And all of the building elements are bathed in lush vertical greenery from green walls to private green roofs on the top floor.
To increase energy efficiency, the project also integrates continuous insulation, sun protection, geothermal energy with heat pumps and rain water recycling to water the many plants. Being green has never been so dreamy!