If we were forced to leave the country behind and move to the city, this is how we'd want to do it: is a five-story apartment complex in Turin, Italy that's designed to bring a bit of rural life to its surrounding urban scene.
Designed by architect , the treehouse-like building does a lot more than just look cool—the 150 potted trees incorporated into the facade and courtyard of the 63-unit structure absorb almost 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour, naturally protecting its residents from the urban air pollution outside their walls (not to mention providing an additional barrier against city noise).
The trees' leafy canopies offer extra shade during the summer months—meaning apartment dwellers don't have to crank up their ACs as high to fend off harsh rays of sun pouring through their windows. The building's "microclimate" also helps the apartments stay warmer during the winter months. And the lush foliage wasn't selected at random—every plant and tree was chosen to offer the maximum variety of color, foliage, and blooms.
Photos: © Beppe Giardino via Luciano Pia