Vertical gardens are being seen as a great way of green living in packed urban areas. While several ideas and concepts have evolved, it would be quite a while before we get to see much of those in action. That however, does not mean that the beauty and elegance of the idea continues to exist in plans and vision only. As this Urban Treehouse building in Turin, Italy will tell you, the vertical forest is real, alive, and awesome.
The five-story apartment building has been designed by Luciano Pia. Named 25 Verde (25 Green) the structure is home to 150 trees, which in essence goes to show how efficient a vertical forest can be. It’s like living in the clean air of a forest, except you do not have to give up the amenities of the city to enjoy the calm of the jungle.
Placed in gigantic pots, the trees create a lively and beautiful look for the very modernistic design of the building. But that of course, is not the only thing the trees are there for. They absorb close to 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour, thus bringing down pollution for the residents and protecting them from the fumes of vehicles plying the adjoining street. Another positive is the cutting off of the noise from the street.
Foliage of the trees and plants cuts off outside noise for the residents of the apartment, stops the dust floating around, and creates a microclimate for the building that staves off the extremities of weather in the winters, as well as the summers. The deciduous plants and trees block off the sun during the summers, and graciously allow the sunlight to flow through in the winters.
Placed on 63 units on the building, the plant life has been chosen to match the deciduous vegetation native to Turin. Being fit for the native climate, the plants create a wondrous view beyond the windows and walls of the apartments with their variety of color, foliage, and blooming. The gigantic tree-like structures on the façade complete the look of this ‘Urban Treehouse.’
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