Alexandra Kain

Living Green "Lost in Paris" House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

by , 04/10/14

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Can’t decide on a green roof or a vertical garden? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named ‘Lost in Paris‘ house for an ‘urban witch’ who feeds the house through 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients nourishes 1200 ferns drop-by-drop throughout the year. The houseplants are entirely hydroponic, and completely engulfing the 1400 square foot concrete home. The blanket of ferns protects the house from outside elements and regulates its inside temperature, all the while adding life and freshness to the neighborhood.

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Taking nearly five years to build, this home for 4 is always getting attention. Architect Francois Roche explains it as “a game of attraction and repulsion” where passersby may be inspired or frightened, and of course wary of the looming ‘urban witch.’ R&Sie Architects are no newcomers to breaking architectural norms. They’ve built and conceptualized a gigantic spider’s nest, an alchemist’s greenhouse for experiementing with toxic plants, and even an exhibit at MIT based on urinotherapy.

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10 Comments

  1. RavioliKid March 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

    The article says that the house is fed through the glass pods. I wish I understood how the system works. A very interesting structure/

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  3. cmaosrstaonndra March 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    maize5, so far as I know, wooden houses are used in a number of humid climates, but the fact that an outer skin of concrete is required for structural or micro-environment purposes doesn’t mean the entire interior must be exposed concrete. Also, as was so clearly pointed out, I’m not an expert but it appears that plants are held about a meter away from the exterior of the house. Furthermore, wood is much stronger than concrete under tension and more importantly, under compression.

    As for the glass pods, I was assessing them in isolation not from a practical view point.

  4. barryosullivan February 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Conjunction of art, architecture & agriculture.
    way to go.

  5. A Aylett February 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I think the real value of this project is aesthetic more than anything else. Most green buildings try to insert sustainable elements into an accepted “look” for urban buildings. The result is a bit of a hybrid, but in the end the aesthetic is still very similar to the fetish for glass covered towers that has resulted in some of the most inneficient buildings that make up most of our downtown centers. I don’t think that we should underestimate the influence that aesthetics has on concrete (no pun intended) choices about building design. I like this project because it makes clear how far we could go if we let the aesthetics of sustainable design really take over.

  6. killtheinc February 24, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Maize5, your caustic response to the inquiring mind above really does take away from the beauty of this post. Bravo for your knowledge, but your arrogance could stand a little temperance.

    As for the house. WOW. I don’t usually have the time to read a lot of the articles (not for lack of desire), but I just had to see what cutting-edge architects are drawing up these days. I would LOVE to be an ‘urban witch’ too!

  7. Alexandra Kain February 24, 2009 at 11:06 am

    maize5

    I hear where you’re coming from, however, at Inhabitat we generally prefer constructive criticism to name-calling and comment-bashing. Obviously we can’t all be well versed in every subject and we hope that many of our readers leave the site having learned a thing or two.

    As for the glass pods, they’re all a part of the hydroponic system, providing water and nutrients to the plants as stated in the post. Plus they’re absolutely gorgeous creations! And if you look at the up-close picture, they appear to be pretty secure. We sure haven’t heard of any complaints from the family.

  8. cdbaut February 23, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Very beautiful — I’m sure it does a lot for house and neighborhood values, too.

  9. maize5 February 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    The above post is an idiot. The glass pods make no sense, and seem just to be there to rain shards down on the occupants as soon as one breaks, which they will. The greenery and hidden house are wonderful aside from the glass, however.

    The reason it’s made of concrete is because wood wouldn’t hold up with the humidity and weight of the plants, and without the sun able to keep it dry and warm. Why don’t you look these kinds of things up before you post a comment like you just did. It will save you from embarrassment, and the rest of us from having to point your stupidity out to you.

  10. cmaosrstaonndra February 23, 2009 at 8:30 am

    The plant life is lovely and the glass pods are beautiful, but why is the house made of concrete?

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