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25 Green / Luciano Pia

  • 03:00 - 13 March, 2015
25 Green / Luciano Pia
25 Green  / Luciano Pia, ©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

©  Beppe Giardino ©  Beppe Giardino ©  Beppe Giardino ©  Beppe Giardino +42

  • Structural Engineer

    Ing. Giovanni Vercelli -Torino
  • Energy Project

    Ing. Andrea Cagni -Torino
  • Green Project

    LINEEVERDI (Stefania Naretto & Chiara Otella)- Torino
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©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

From the architect. A new house has put down its roots in Turin. Its structure is in steel and it looks like a forest where trees are rooted in terraces with irregular shapes, ponds  are crossed by footings and lush gardens cover the roofs. The building has been thought as a living forest, a house on the trees like the houses children dream of and sometimes build.

©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

The project comes from the necessity of making a residential building to complement a block featured by lack of homogeneity and heterogeneous prospects. The aim of the project is both the construction of the block perimeter with a continuous façade and the making of a filter between the internal inhabited space and the streets. The project wants to create a flowing and smooth transition space to soften the  passage from the inside to the outside where the space is always enjoyable. The smooth and changeable transition is emphasized by a targeted use of the green and the building materials so to create a structure which is compact and distinct but also transparent, mutable and enjoyable.

©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

It is a special building because it is alive: it grows up, it breaths and it changes since 150 trees with tall trunks cover its terraces. Together with 50 trees planted in the court garden they produce oxygen, absorb carbonic anhydride, cut down air pollution, protect from noise, follow the natural cycle of Seasons, grow up day after day and create a perfect microclimate inside the building so diminuishing the fall and rise in temperature in summertime and wintertime.

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The streeps in solid wood that floor the terraces filter the sunlight in summer, while in winter they let the light break into the house. The wainscot in larch shingles is a sort of soft and vibrant surface. The metal structures look like trees and they “grow” from the groundfloor to the roof while holding up the wooden planking of the terraces: they become entwined with the vegetation to form a unique façade.

©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

One of the aims of the project is the increase of the energetic efficiency and for this reason several integrated solutions have been adopted: continuous insulation, sun protection, heating and cooling systems which make use of the geothermal energy with heat pumps and recycling of the falling rain to water the green.

©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

There are 63 residential units in the building and they are all different and fitted with wide terraces of irregular shapes that surround the trees. The last floor is covered with private green roofs .

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Section 3

The green is diversified: big vases on the terraces, court gardens, green walls and roof gardens just in front of the lofts.

©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

In the vases there are trees or shrubs of different heights from 2.5 m. to 8 m. Deciduous species have been planted to have sun irradiation in wintertime too. The choise of the species , even if diversified according to the different needs, has been made to grant a variety of leaves, colours and flowering.

©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

When all the green is fully blooming it gives the feeling of living in a tree house. You can dream of a house or live in a dream!

©  Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino
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Eugenio Laponte · March 17, 2015

This building puzzles me. it lacks everything i usually like in architecture but at the same time i gotta admit it's fascinating and it s impossible to stop looking at it. i guess it s right to have this kind of "childish-funny-messy" architecture together with the more ..traditional.. one. (maybe?)

It's like a drawing made by a kid...

Hunter · March 16, 2015

I really don't know what to think about this building because everything seems to clash. On the one hand, the micro-climate idea is great, but I doubt it'll work out to be anything more than a gimmick. On the one hand, the trees and vegetation make the building beautiful at certain points, but at others, the building looks ripped straight out of a rain forest-themed Disney ride. On the one hand, certain elements (like the 'rock' foundation) look sprayed-on, but the wood shingles make the building look beautiful when compared to the droll greys and browns of the project's neighboring buildings.

Basically,it's like the design team said "Here, have some trees," and beat me over the head with a branch to get their 'sustainability' point across. But really, I'm just wondering why they had to beat me with a branch in the first place.

Randy N. Gaston · March 13, 2015

Except for the street level facade, I can't help but like this.

Benjamin A. Sotomayor · March 13, 2015

It's just like the Tiki Room@Disney - but BETTER!

Ann · March 13, 2015

I love the fact that they integrated vegetation in the building. And that's the only thing I love because the result is a disaster!
Why did they need to make pillars resembling trees?
And the use of these big vases is disturbing as they are not big enough to guarantee the tree's life..

bibi · March 13, 2015

at the end it feels like adventureland rather than a necessary generous housing design. a pity cause rusted steel vs luxuriant vegetation is a nice marriage...

orangeeli · March 13, 2015

I saw this under construction and thought it was great. It's a shame what they did at the street level though.

Boguslaw Witkowski · March 13, 2015

Nice , creative, original and..."everything in one" ;-)

Trent · March 13, 2015


Sérgio Santa · March 13, 2015

an "ugly" neighbourhood becomes "bizarre".
is this an amusement park? disneyland perhaps?

Jake Groth · March 13, 2015

I like it because it's different. I still think it's rather jarring to look at.

gnar gnar · March 13, 2015

awsomely awsome ! that's what I call a DARE !

Luis · March 13, 2015

Did Tarzan came to live to the city?

Croco Dile · March 13, 2015

What a contrast to the ugly neighborhood !

Wonderful !


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