Lonely Planet Writer

Indulge your childhood dreams by living in this grown-up tree house in Italy

If you hold fond memories of climbing up to your childhood tree house, you may be smitten by the idea of living in an apartment building in Italy that gives the feeling of living in a tree house, albeit a grown-up one.

This apartment building looks like a treehouse. Image: Luciano Pia

The apartment building in Turin was designed by Italian architect, Luciano Pia, who likes to carry out new building plans that improve energetic efficiency and minimise the impact on the environment.

This apartment building in Turin looks like a treehouse. Image: Luciano Pia

There are 63 residential units in the five-storey building, called 25 Verde, and it is covered in foliage and designed to look like a living forest. It is host to 150 trees that are rooted in its irregularly-shaped terraces, and lush gardens cover its roof. An additional 50 trees and plants are located in the courtyard garden.

This Italian apartment building looks like a treehouse. Image: Luciano Pia

“It is a special building because it is alive, it grows, it breathes and it changes,” Luciano tells Lonely Planet. “The trees produce oxygen, absorb carbonic anhydride, cut down air pollution, protect from noise and follow the natural cycle of the seasons. They create a perfect micro-climate inside the building, thus diminishing the fall and rise in temperature in summertime and wintertime.”

This apartment building is designed to be environmentally-friendly. Image: Luciano Pia

The trees and plants produce 150,000 litres of oxygen each hour, and also reduce fine dust created by cars. They help to naturally regulate the temperature inside the building, which is equipped with a heating and cooling system that runs on groundwater.

This apartment building looks like a treehouse. Image: Luciano Pia

The greenery is the building is complemented by big vases on the terraces, walls and roof gardens. These trees and shrubs range in height from 2.5m to 8m, and have been planned to provide a variety of leaves, colours and flowering. “When all the greenery is fully blooming, it gives the feeling of living in a tree house,” says Luciano. “You can dream of a house or live in a dream.”

This Italian apartment building is covered with trees. Image: Luciano Pia

For further information on Luciano Pia’s projects, see here.