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20 April 2012
Here’s a greenhouse with a difference. This one’s designed by Parisian architect Patrick Nadeau and is made to look like a grassy hill not an all glass house!
It’s called a ‘wave house’ and the glass comes in on the front and back walls. The facades are actually created from double-skin polycarbonate glass which is the material used for commercial glasshouses.
Nadeau says he’s borrowed from commercial design to create this wave house which has a skeleton of timber and concrete.
The curved exterior is planted; it’s a green roof that follows down the ‘sides’ of the house. It is a mix of grasses, leafy succulents, herbs and lavenders as well as some small aromatic plants and a few perennials. Not only does this look beautiful but it will act as insulation for the house. Nadeau is incorporating a custom misting system for the plants but it will only be used if absolutely necessary – he is hoping to rely on natural elements.
And the aromatics and lavenders may attract the odd bee too.
The house perimeter is raised about half a metre to create a bench.