Gallery: Naturhus: An Entire House Wrapped in Its Own Private Greenhous...

 
With winter weather in full effect (at least for our part of the globe), green thumbs have to take a short break from growing most of their fruits and veggies until the spring. But this very special home in Sweden is an exception due to one very unique characteristic - it's wrapped in its very own private greenhouse. Designed and built by Swedish architect Bengt Warne all the way back in 1976, the Naturhus not only allows its owners to cultivate their own fresh food for two extra months out of the year, it also cuts the home's electricity needs in half!

For all intents and purposes, the Naturhus is a typical home – except for the extra glass layer surrounding it. Inside the greenhouse, the owners can grow Mediterranean-style gardens with plants like figs, kiwis, peaches, and wine grapes that would to typically be able to survive in the Swedish climate.

Warne was ahead of his time in his thinking – remember, this house was built in 1976 – in more ways than one. Aside from being able to grow more plants for a longer period of time throughout the year, the greenhouse insulates the home within, cutting heating electricity by a whopping 50%. It also makes the most use of outdoor space like decks since homeowners can use them as extra rooms even in the wintertime thanks to the protective glass covering.

Via Treehugger via Ecosol

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  1. Holcim Awards December 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    What a creative concept. Why has this not been repeated? Cutting energy needs in half is incredible. Ideas like this are what wins prizes from the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards

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