Green Pea in Turin sells only environmentally friendly products — an ethos that its architecture embodies right down to the finest details. The shopping centre bursts with plant life, is made with only upcycled and recyclable materials and harnesses the kinetic energy of its shoppers. Commissioned by Eataly, the project injects a dose of altruism into consumerism.
The five-floor, organically shaped structure is characterized by its trellislike wooden sunshade slats — made from storm-felled trees recovered from the forests of Trentino — which allow the building to breathe. This sense of openness is also articulated in the large cuts in the glass surfaces that flood the interior spaces with natural light. The external envelope is complemented by an internal shell made of wood-fibre-insulated solid wood panels covered in sheet metal and supported by a load-bearing stainless-steel frame. The entire assembly can be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere or completely recycled.