On Wednesdays for the rest of March, I’ll be indulging green-thumbed readers (or those hoping to grow a pair) with tips and tidbits on the world of eco-friendly lawns and gardens. Although it may seem premature, March is in fact a busy month
when gardeners start revving their engines and heading outside. My hope is that when April hits, you’ll be in the know when it comes to organic soil amendments, dung bunnies
, eco-lawn mowers, recycled lawn décor, and more.
A disclosure: I’m not a gardener. I don’t even have a backyard. I do, however, have a fair number of houseplants — bamboo, ferns, jade and more — that I haven’t murdered (yet). As an interior design nut, my favorite aspect of keeping houseplants would have to be planters. Creations by Clayflower 22
and Tristan Zimmerman
are two standouts in my indoor green space. That said, if you have gardening-related suggestions, ideas or wild n' crazy composting methods to share, please let me know.
To gently merge into the world of gardening, my inaugural lawn and garden post is about a house that’s, well, also a garden. It’s a true “green house,” if you will.
Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi’s “Camouflage House 3” (aka “the greenhouse house”) is a residential space in a wooded area of Nagano that combines traditional Shintoism (a reverential bond with nature), sustainable building techniques, and a whole lotta flora. The Zen-tastic glass home — part of Iguchi's Fifth World
project — features minimal decoration, traditional Japanese panels and wood floors.
Not too wild, right? Think again. Take a look at the plants and trees that are actually incorporated into the design of the home. In terms of concept, "Camouflage House 3" is not too dissimilar is Iguchi's living-with-nature Millennium City
While the disadvantages of living in a home with glass walls and ceilings — excessive heat, sunlight, snoopy neighbors — may be obvious, Iguchi’s design includes white canvas shields that block out the elements while allowing the plants to thrive. All and all, it’s pretty kick glass.
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Step inside my greenhouse house
I often write about green houses. The “Camouflage House 3,” a space where Mother Nature is your roommate and interior designer, is the real deal.