Building In A (Big) Bubble

dcdead photo La Gare de Strasbourg

dcdead‘s photo of the Central Station of Strasbourg, France reminds me of something I’d long wanted to do in (or around) my old house: put it in a dome. Apparently, this dome doesn’t fully cover the building, just enlarges it without obscuring the facade. Still, 6000 square meters of glass looks pretty good, eh?

Back to my old house, however. Here’s the plan: forget the lack of insulation and the drafty windows (and the dying roof, before I replaced it), solve all of that by putting a greenhouse up around it. Even single layer glass would eliminate the wind and rain and make the whole house significantly easier to heat. Aside from having the possibility of a year-round lawn, it’d save a lot of fuel.