It is the most extraordinary thing, this 63 unit apartment complex in Turin designed by Luciano Pia. It is stunning to look at, all rusted steel trees and green and shingles. Designboom writes:
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 building will change as the plants grow and change, and essentially become part of the building mechanical system.
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.
To really understand this building, you have to look at the elevation drawings first and see the trees with the pots on top;
Then the drawing showing how it will look when it grows out;
Then the completed reality.
The courtyard is stunning too, filled with fifty trees, a forest in the middle of Turin. This is just wonderful. Lots more photos at Designboom.