With the Earth’s population growing every single day, it’s no wonder the amount of pollution is growing in the world. I remember growing up and not really noticing much pollution at all. It was never an issue that was talked about. Now when I look out over the valley where I live, you can see a small layer of pollution which turns much worse in the winter. There are countries out there that are experiencing even worse pollution than we have in the US. Communities are urging their residents to drive less and commute by using public transit, bikes, or even walking to work. This isn’t always a feasible solution, but it might be in a perfect world. Well an apartment building in Turin, Italy has decided to make the changes that are necessary to keep their residents healthy while minimizing their carbon footprint. Wait until you see this amazing apartment building that looks more like an urban treehouse.
When you see 25 Verde in Turin, Italy, you may notice that it looks more like a potted forest with branches made of steel than an apartment building.
It was designed by Luciano Pia, who wanted to bring more plants into the urban daily lives of the residents of 25 Verde.
The building is surrounded by living plants, including 150 living trees that actually absorb close to 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an HOUR!!!
This building houses 63 different units. They each have access to their own terrace on one side, which then wraps around into the vegetation.
This helps protect the residents from pollution, by eliminating gasses caused by cars and factories. It also helps minimize the noise pollution that affects these residents as well.
Because the trees are living, they also go through the typical progression of the seasons. Because of this, the natural design has created a microclimate inside of the building, and helps keep the temperatures inside steady during both hot and cold weather. How it does this is that the leaves block out the summer heat, and when the leaves fall off in the fall and winter, they allow the warm sunlight into the apartments themselves.
The top floor has roofs that are covered with lush greenery. They even designed where the plants should go to create the most effective way to keep the pollution out.
They placed planters on the terraces, garden courtyard, and the vertical facade, which contain trees and shrubs of different sizes. They can range from 8 feet tall all the way up to 26 feet tall, depending on the plant.
They picked specific plants that will help allow sunlight come in through the windows in the winter, but block out the light in the summer, keeping it cool.
They also planned the trees and shrubs so they have a variety of bearing, foliage, blooming, and color.
With the steel beams called alberiformi, they appear to have been planted into the ground and grow upwards to the roof.
They help stabilize the wooden decks, but also help intertwine the foliage throughout the building.
Another focus was to make this building energy-efficient. They did this by creating ventilated walls, giving residents protection from direct sunlight, using ground water for the heating and cooling systems, using water that they collected from the rain, along with the storage and reuse to use for irrigation to feed the foliage.
While looking out, it almost feels like you are a in a dream state but you quickly realize your not when you look around and see that your surroundings are very real and living.
By using the steel beams throughout the building, they wanted the building to transition smoothly into the vegetation and scenery.
For example, when you go outside from your home, it’s very obvious if you are outside or inside. They wanted to minimize the abruptness of this environment change.
The terraces contain many different plants which include, 150 tall trees, along with 50 additional plants in the courtyard. These plants alone produce 150,000 liters of oxygen per hour.
By creating this type of environment, they protect the residents from the noise and it allows the natural cycle of seasons and helps the vegetation grow day by day.
The attention to detail is truly amazing. They’ve even placed strips of wood along the terraces which help filter the sun in the summer, but maximize the amount of sunlight that comes in during the winter.
They also planted lush gardens on the roof of the building, in order to complete the full forest feel.
There are bodies of water throughout the complex that have walkways that appear to be floating above them. Could you imagine coming home to a place like this after a long day of work? It’d be amazing.
They decided to start this project because designers felt that there was a need to build a residential building that had both heterogeneity and heterogeneous views.
While I love having the open space and privacy a house provides, these apartments would definitely be an amazing place to call home. The amount of vegetation that they incorporated into the design would make any outdoor enthusiast or environmentalist happy. Seriously coming home to this after a long day of work is like a mini-vacation without even having to leave your home. I hope that other apartment building contractors will see this design and follow suit. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.