Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana
Palazzo Scaglia di Verrua
Palazzo Valperga Galleani aka "The Number 6"
This whole 1663 baroque palazzo was totally renovated in 2013 and ArchDaily declared it the most beautiful house in the world in 2015. Located downtown here Turin, in Via Alfieri 6, it's the best example of historical preservation, renovation, technology, cultural heritage and art!
As there are 36 apartments this is actually a super deluxe condo, with commons spaces like the gym and spa with a skylight roof. The balconies are like a vertical garden looking on the Alps, granting a unique view to the residents.
As you can partly see in our picture above, the best part is the 1600 courtyard: a whimsical two dimensional giardino made of lights and plants distributed vertically and horizontally!
Some of the cobblestones light up at night as well and the courtyard is open to the public for everybody to enjoy a piece this Turin magic 😍
Verde 25 aka "The Tree House"
Unlike the other buildings, this one is not located downtown but near the river, you can reach it by subway and walking for about 15 minutes along Corso Dante. The view is simply spectacular even though the best part of this contemporary and high tech apartment building is hidden to the eye. What can be seen though are the 150 trees growing on the terraces and in the courtyard - acting like a mini wood.
Basically, this is a contemporary tree house and sooner than you think, a whole elf community is moving over. Hurry up, friends!
Because elves are renown for being environmentally friendly, this building is fully energy efficient: it uses geothermal heating and cooling; the rainwater is collected to water the plants that grow into the mini wood. Naturally, as this urban wood follows the seasons, the plants create a microclimate that gives life and breath to this building, in contrast with the rest of the Italian Motown.
For the ArchiDaily article and pictures click here so you can read about all the technical details.
Keep this building in mind for your next visit to Turin and you might even find some of the 63 apartments on Airb&b...