luciano pia plants 25 verde, a green urban treehouse in torino, italy
luciano pia plants 25 verde, a green urban treehouse in torino, italy luciano pia plants 25 verde, a green urban treehouse in torino, italy
mar 13, 2015

luciano pia plants 25 verde, a green urban treehouse in torino, italy

luciano pia plants 25 verde, a green urban treehouse in torino, italy
all images by beppe giardino




designed by architect luciano pia, 25 verde is an unique residential building that has been constructed in torino, italy. the load-bearing structure is made of steel and columns shaped like tree trunks help support the 63 residential units that is covered in larch wood shingles. the concept of the scheme was to create a space with a transition between the interior and exterior, by the prominent use of foliage. illustrated in diverse ways such as green walls, planted in pots and gardens, altogether seamlessly coherently carried through the entire building. the residential lofts are all different, fitted with irregular terraces that wrap around the trees with the top floor having its own green roof. 50 trees were planted just in the court garden itself, whilst they enhance the environmentally friendly setting, the trees reduce air and noise pollution.

the building is like a living forest
image © beppe giardino




ultimately, the aim of the project is to be energy efficient. by utilizing geothermal energy for heating and cooling, harvesting rainwater to water the plants and a natural flow of ventilation. overtime, the building and surrounding vegetation will grow and age, side by side, establishing its own microclimate and when the plant life is fully in bloom, give its occupants a real taste of living in a tree house.

spaces have a smooth transitioning between interior and exterior
image © beppe giardino

top floor lofts have their own private roof garden
image © beppe giardino

bringing nature and architecture together
image © beppe giardino

inner courtyard where 50 trees have been planted
image © beppe giardino

all apartments have their own irregular shaped terrace
image © beppe giardino

larchwood shingles clad the exterior 
image © beppe giardino

outdoor areas with plenty of natural light
image © beppe giardino

the metal tree shaped columns support the structure
image © beppe giardino
image © beppe giardino



project info:




place: via chiabrera 25, torino
architect: luciano pia – torino
structural engineer: ing. giovanni vercelli -torino
energy project: ing. andrea cagni -torino
green project: lineeverdi (stefania naretto & chiara otella)- torino
area: 7,500 sqm
photography: beppe giardino

  • I don’t consider that an attractive building or one of aesthetic sustainability much less structural sustainability. Looks very high maintenance. I don’t live in Torino so if the community in Torino enjoys it, it is a success!

    Paola says:
  • This project is 10 times better, smarter and more beatiful than the Bosco Verticale by Boeri!

    tave says:
  • hello dear,
    my name is samir saih ,iam 30 years old ,from morocco , i watched your project in tv in (dw) tv of germany and i loved your idea because it’s a very very goog and interesting idea that will give a lot of advantage for the human race and for the next generations in the futur …i really apreciate this idea and i am dreaming to work with you from my heart and i hope you will be success in all over the world …i am not working right now and i am in bad situation and i need you to contact me and help me to get to italy and work with you in your project and i will be very very happy for that because i love nature and everything beautiful and i can do anything yo want me to do …
    thank you in advance

    samir saih

    samir saih says:

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