The next generation of green urban living is here! Well, it’s in Italy, where architect Luciano Pia has built a game-changing structure that proves city life can still be green and leafy. 25 Verde, Pia’s apartment complex in Turin, is a five-floor maze of living spaces and tress, potted plants and steel girders that make the structure as a whole seem like an urban jungle or treehouse.
The building not only looks green but lets nature play a role in the lives of its residents: the shape of its terraces allows potted trees to “sprout” out from the building and built-in fish ponds provide green leisure spaces. The project’s 150 deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter, allowing extra light to enter the homes’ windows. The trees also act as a source of oxygen and sound insulation for tenants in 25 Verde. Next time you find yourself in Turin, go check out this amazing structure.