What are you first thoughts when you see the picture above? These people are standing in the middle of a Greenhouse? Well. Close. The picture is of sustainable architect and author Stuart Rose, Ph.D., green designer and developer and his wife, Trina Duncan, in their own home. He is the designer of Garden Atriums.
Rose’s own house as well as a small cluster of homes in Poquoson, Virginia have a Garden Atrium built in their homes. The atrium contains tropical trees and plants, which gather sun from huge central skylights. Not only can the owners pick their own fruit but because the oxygen levels are so high, allergy sufferers typically notice their symptoms disappear.
Watch this PBS video to see Rose’s house. It is amazing and I would love to have a house with an atrium like his. Every day would be like summer. However, the house is not just about the garden. The rest of the house is designed based upon green building principles with low toxic products throughout the house. Rose designed and built this sustainable, net-zero house which collects rain water for up to 90% of their household water use and solar power in place of traditional utilities.
Ten years later, with a cluster of other houses based upon Rose’s vision, as well as over 10,000 vistors later to the model Garden Atriums home, Rose authored a book on his journey entitled Sustainability: A Personal Journey to a Built Sustainable Community…and an Amazing Picture of What Life Will Soon Be Like (Spring 2010). For more information about the concept of the Garden Atriums see here. If you want to see a tour the Garden Atriums of Poquoson model home, see here.
My next house will definitely be a Rose house. Readers, can you envision living in such an amazing house?