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What Makes This Treehouse Special Isn’t Just Its Design, But What It Can Do

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It”s safe to say that treehouses are great for people of all ages. There”s something awesome about being in a tree canopy, hidden away from the world while still being able to look down on it. Yet treehouses aren”t always practical, and if they”re built for actual habitation, they”re usually in remote areas. So what can you do if you want the culture and convenience of a city, but still want a leafy retreat?

Well, if you live in Turin, Italy, you”re in luck.

The vertical supports even take the form of trees, holding up the various levels in their branches.

Welcome to 25 Verde, designed by architect Luciano Pia. The name comes from the address, 25 Via Chiabrera, and verde, the Italian word for green. The 63-unit, 7,500 square meter apartment house is full of treesabout 200 of them in total. The trees sit on the exterior of the building and in the inner courtyard. The house looks rustic and futuristic at the same time, with its natural elements incorporated right into the design.

The building also features a lot of outdoor spaces where residents can relax.

Aside from providing a green oasis in the middle of the city, the plants in the house serve a practical purpose. They”re capable of soaking up some 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide released by vehicles, and turn that into 150,000 liters of clean, healthy oxygen. Their positioning around the building”s exterior also creates what”s known as a microclimate, and functions essentially like living insulation: they protect the interior from the hot summer sun with their leaves, and allow the sun back in during the cold winter. It”s humans caring for trees that provide shelter for humans. Symbiosis!

A drawn plan of 25 Verde.

There aren”t just trees, either. 25 Verde includes a variety of plants, big and small, on terraces and green walls. The plants are also located in rooftop gardens (which also prevent heat islands), terrace gardens, and in courtyards. Many plant species were included, so it really is like living in a forest.

As for the rest of the house, the heating and cooling systems will come from geothermal energy, and the trees will be watered using a rainwater recycling system. The entire project was completed in 2012. For extra fun, you can check it out on Google Maps.