As the world escapes from the cold grasp of brutalist architecture and the ever-receding shadows of the seventies, we are looking more and more towards the benefits and simple beauty of glass buildings. For when we think of the major skylines of the world, we are beginning to behold in our minds eye, something a little more than concrete and steel.
Throughout history we have had greenhouses that have donned the lands of Europe ever since the time of the Roman Empire. It was not however, until the Victorian age of civilisation that the buildings began taking their true shape; some of the best greenhouses, we can still see in the gardens of today.
But of course, the ever-growing rise and demand for glass buildings can be highlighted by nothing more than the advance of technology itself.
Take for example, the very idea of solar window panels, wherein light passes through the window (just like its original conception) whilst converting the passing energy into electricity.
These panels work on the principle of concentrating the light and energy to the outer edges of the panels, which are then collected by cells on the outer rim.
When a film of organic molecules are coated upon the pane of glass, they allow the light to pass through uninhibited to the naked eye, even though the molecules themselves are pushing the energy towards the outer rims of the glass.
This now means that skyscrapers throughout the world could, in theory, generate their own electricity, making the cities that we live in, all the more enjoyable to be a part of. On a small-scale level, this however means that we could soon be installing solar windows onto and in our own houses, sheds and greenhouses.
Solar windows aren’t the only innovation that is helping to boost the popularity of glass buildings and greenhouses; now more than ever, the buildings of today are being installed with self-cleaning glass.
After the first commercial self-cleaning glass was introduced in 2001 by Pilkington glass, several major companies took up the idea and released their own versions of self cleaning glass; so now, when you see a sky scraper slowly spring to life in your city centre, the chances are that you will never again see a man dangling hundreds of feet in the air, trying to clean the windows.
With all this innovation in mind, it is the structure and the architecture of glass buildings that are becoming more and more creative as the years pass.
Besides for example, the beautiful new Horizon Greenhouse by Hartley Botanic, which is designed for those with a city top lifestyle; there are a few excellent glass buildings, which are out there just waiting to be discovered.
Here are a few examples:
Prada Building – Tokyo
Standing tall on the streets of Tokyo, the Prada building is quite possibly one of the most beautiful structures not only in the capital city of Japan, but also in the entire Asian Continent. Designed by renowned architects, Herzog & de Meuron, it is the delicate glass skin of the building, which charms the eye, rather than the unorthodox structure itself.
Kanagawa Institute of Technology
Built in 2010, the building utilizes glass to the uppermost edge of human engineering. Inner glass walls included, most offices would simply give anything to work in such an idyllic nirvana of beauty.
Officially the worlds largest Greenhouse in the world, the Eden Project is truly the pinnacle of what man and nature can both achieve. Breathtaking both in size and style, the Eden Project was opened in 2001 and is open seven days a week to visitors.
Details provided by Horizon Greenhouse by Hartley Botanic.
I loved their website because they have some adorable greenhouses and my husband and I are planning on planting our own vegetable garden next year with the kids. A greenhouse would be ideal for where we leave to keep the bugs and animals away from our food.
Do you have a greenhouse? If you do, I’d love to hear your experience with it!
Now, we’re off to celebrate Canada Day with the kids!
Have a great Sunday, everyone! See you tomorrow.
Source: Horizon Greenhouse by Hartley Botanic
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