A potted forest of trees and branching steel beams disguise this 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy. Designed by Luciano Pia, 25 Verde brings plants up off the ground in an attempt to evade Turin’s homogeneous urban scene and integrate life into the facade of the residential building.
To put it in numbers, 150 trees dot the house, and there are 50 plants in the inner courtyard. These beauties can absorb 200,000 liters of CO2 and produce 150,000 liters of oxygen per hour. They even create their own microclimate, with leaves blocking pesky hot sun rays in summer, and letting in solar warmth in winter.
The building holds 63 units, each benefiting from the terraces and vegetation just beyond their windows and walls. Each species of plant has been chosen purposefully from deciduous plant life in Turin to provide the highest variety of color, foliage, and blooming. This innovative design provides a childlike dream while also instilling real world benefits to those who live in this urban treehouse.