Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Greenhouse by Carl Verdickt

The Greenhouse - once a symbol of wealth and exclusivity back when it used to house the cucumbers for Emperor Tiberius’s table. Now, the once noble structure takes on a more humble form through Project ‘Greenhouse’.
Emerging amidst a myriad of Eco-homes, the ‘greenhouse’ stands out because of its affordability and heat trapping ability. The structure is framed by a ready-made steel structure and encased in an alternating series of super-insulating transparent glass and translucent polycarbonate plates. Extra insulation is also added at the back of the glass walls to shield certain areas of the house from the public eye. Through the clever use of the insulating glass, the same heating effect that is found in a real greenhouse is successfully mimicked. This occurs when heat from the sun’s rays passes through the glass walls and warms up the interior whilst the insulation in the glass prevents the heat from escaping.

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