Sponge Mountain in Turin. Artificial mountain absorbs air pollution
Sponge Mountain in Turin. Artificial mountain absorbs air pollution

Sponge Mountain is architect Angelo Renna's project for an artificial mountain which, by re-using soil excavated from the construction of the Turin-Lyon high-speed railway would be able to absorb the city's pollution

The plot on which the building stands is triangular in shape, and the maximum height of the building was 45 metres, so that space could be maximized. The key element of the design is to create an unfenced space on the ground floor, integrated with the land and with green areas that could enhance the experience of the center

Sponge Mountain in Turin. Artificial mountain absorbs air pollution

This is an incredible amount of waste that can be used in an intelligent way, as quarry soil has a better capacity to sequester CO2. The mountain measuring 90 metres high and spread over 11 hectares, is capable of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere thanks to its engineered soil: a mixture of sand, cement and other types of terrain

Sponge Mountain in Turin. Artificial mountain absorbs air pollution

In addition, the 'sponge mountain' could be a green landmark in the city and a place where people can go for a walk or a run. A large number of researchers took part in the project, called the Success Project, in order to better capture carbon and support the biodiversity of the ecosystem

Sponge Mountain in Turin. Artificial mountain absorbs air pollution

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