How much easier would it be to get through the winter months if you had a warm, sunny place to retreat to? Not everyone can afford to move to warmer climates to survive the winters, but Simon Hjermind Jensen of SHJWORKS has created these slightly surreal bubble-type houses to brighten up the colder months.
The Invisible Garden House captures solar energy to create a kind of tropical micro-climate inside. The see-through gazebo/greenhouse makes for an ideal place to grow a few plants in the winter, making it into a tiny backyard oasis.
The polycarbonate shell is wind-resistant and UV protected; each panel of the shell is sewn to the next with polycarbonate ties, lending the structures a fun kind of hand-made, yet still quite sophisticated, look. Vents in the top allow for air flow in the summer, and the bottoms are set below the frost line to make the pods more stable.
Jensen’s creation was developed for a private client who opted for a central pod with a seating area attached to two satellite pods containing vegetable and flower gardens. The designer is confident that the concept would carry over well to nearly any setting. Because they are pop-up structures that can be assembled in next to no time, they could be assembled even in spaces where traditional construction is impossible.
Due to their modular nature, the Invisible Garden Houses could be modified to fit in a number of situations. Backyards are an obvious first choice, but urban rooftops and business courtyards are also perfect spots to install these little bubbles of summertime.