This Urban Treehouse Uses 150 Trees To Protect Its Residents From Noise and Pollution

Source: trueactivist By Amanda Froelich Italian architect Luciano Pia merges the best of urban landscape with natural living.

Luciano Pia, a brilliant architect in Italy, has an inspired vision of how people and nature can successfully live together – even in a thoroughly urban landscape. 25 Verde, a lush apartment complex he designed in Turin, Italy, is a woven 5-story mix of trees and steel girders that allow urban residents to feel like they live in a giant urban tree-house.
Every process of planning in the building’s design was taken with natural integration in mind. The asymmetric shape of its terraces and organic architecture allow potted trees to “sprout” out from the building at random intervals. Ponds in the courtyard offer residents a refreshing place to relax in the summer, and the 150 deciduous trees, which shed their leaves in the winter, allow natural light to filter into the building during its darker months.

Not only that, having an abundance of flora around the building keeps the city’s air cleaner and isolates the residents from the urban sounds and smells that surround them. The mass amount of trees surrounding the building are estimated to absorb 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour!

Completed in 2012, this building is located at Via Chabera 25 in Turin, Italy – you can even check it out from afar using Google Maps’ street view!
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