Growing up, we dreamed of having a tree house as cool as the one the Lost Boys built in Hook. Like, who needs a houseplant when you’re living among the trees?
Clearly we weren’t the only ones dreaming of a woodland escape. Back in 2007, Italian architect Luciano Pia decided to turn his tree house dreams into reality by constructing a 27,000 square foot apartment complex nestled in the trees on a quiet street in Turin, Italy. He named the project 25 Verde (translated into 25 Green) with 63 uniquely shaped residential units surrounded by 150 trees. It’s seriously one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen.
Come take a look inside:
The tree house you dreamed of as a kid is real, and it’s fantastic
From the StreetThough the building is technically 5-storeys high, it continues to grow taller each year thanks to the trees, which are rooted in both the grounds and terraces. Luciano Pia
Healthy LivingThe trees naturally produce oxygen, absorb carbonic anhydride and cut down air pollution to create a “clean” living environment. Luciano Pia
Temperature ControlBecause the trees follow the natural cycle of seasons, they create an ideal microclimate inside the building, helping to regulate the temperature so you don’t need to use your heating or AC as much. Luciano Pia
More TreesJust in case there weren’t enough trees rooted throughout the building, 50 more trees have been planted in the inner courtyard to create green overload. Luciano Pia
EfficiencyRainwater collected at the base of the building is used to water all of that greenery , so there is no unnecessary waste. Luciano Pia
Strong supportThe metal base structures are designed to look like trees and create a unique play on real versus man-made when they become entwined with the natural vegetation. Luciano Pia
Choice WoodsLarch wood was used for the shingles because of its soft and vibrant look. Luciano Pia
Intentional DetailsSlatted terraces were specifically designed to filter the sunlight in summer, and in the winter they allow a little extra brightness to peek into the units.Luciano Pia