Green housing unit takes root in Turin
A country rich in architectural history, Italy has always stood at the forefront of innovation in design and construction. A new generation of Italian architects have embraced the concept of ‘green architecture’ and a number of projects have gained recognition for their pioneering concepts. Following on from the vertical forest designed by Stefano Boeri in Milan, an apartment complex in Turin, designed by Luciano Pia breaks the mould of what he views as monotonous urban development.
25 Verde is Pia’s creation and as well as its striking visual appearance it provides a number of environmental services for its residents. The building incorporates 150 tall tree trunks, 50 more trees planted in its courtyard, large shrubs and trees planted in pots along its terraces, green walls and a series of green roofs. These features and the careful selection of species to ensure some year round foliage are not only striking in their appearance but produce 150,000 litres of oxygen per hour and absorb 200,000 litres of carbon dioxide per hour after dark. The trees and foliage serve to protect the building from the street level noise and perform the dual role of insulating for retaining heat or protection and shade from the sun. A number of deciduous trees will shed leaves and allow light to enter the structure during the winter months. The services provided by the foliage are hoped to buffer the large temperature changes felt from summer through winter.
The heating systems which serve the building utilise geothermal energy and rainwater harvesting is incorporated into the buildings design in order to water the structures greenery. This kind pioneering design incorporating energy efficiency paired with a striking visual appearance opens up the possibilities for the future of urban architecture.