The new structure, which was built to a strict grid pattern, offers the homeowners a great degree of flexibility. The core of the building is home to cupboards and a minimalist, space-saving bathroom. In order to allow sufficient natural light into the deep spaces, the three-metre-high building has been completely covered with a glazed-in roof. Above the panes, adjustable wooden panels provide shelter from the sun when needed. These elements, clad with perforated aluminum, can be opened to any conceivable angle to regulate the amount of light that enters. What’s more, opening the panels to different positions changes the appearance of the house. When the panels are closed, the roof – unofficially at least – can be accessed via a simple ladder and used as a terrace.
The Greenhouse reminds us of one of Godsell’s earlier projects: the MPavilion im Melbourne Queen Victoria Garden, a temporary structure calling to mind barns and verandahs in the outback Down Under. Here the moveable elements surround the entire building and generate an astounding variety of configurations between open and closed.
The inauguration date for the Greenhouse will fall on the same day as Godsell’s RMIT design Hub in Melbourne in Melbourne. But as Godsell himself says: »The power of architecture does not depend on its size.«