If I owned an urban loft and was thinking about renovation I would definitely consider an interior greenhouse. What I mean by “interior” is that the greenhouse is contained within a room — it’s not built on to a room as an extension. This space for plants in a Luxembourg apartment building is thoroughly contemporary as it also acts as a room divider in the main living area [top]. I’d likely want to style it up with interesting tables and colorful orchids so it looked good from any view but creating a plant bed at floor level works as well. One of the glass panels provides easy access. The adjacent skylight provides natural sun, and grow lights installed in the ceiling of the enclosed space help plants flourish over the cold winter months.
In a second apartment, the greenhouse acts as a see-through wall — its placement creates a hallway. I’d be concerned about draining and watering issues around permanent planting in an apartment house floor. But, as Mr. AM suggested “there is likely a drainage pipe that goes outside.” And while that’s not the only issue an unusual feature like this might pose, there’s an architect to consult. Meanwhile, an interior greenhouse is a showstopper that easily could be included in new construction.
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