In June 2015, the Scholten family - husband, wife, two teenage daughters, and their adorable dog, packed up their belongings and moved into a cabin-like wooden dwelling built inside a greenhouse.
When Helly Scholten had heard about an opportunity to move into the home tucked inside a greenhouse for three years as part of an experiment, she jumped at the opportunity. The very unique living quarters, also known as the Concept House, was designed by students at the University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to push the limits of sustainability. Now, she says she couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
The building, located in Rotterdam, is mostly made of wood and glass.
It has an edible roof and rain tanks that allow the family to grow vegetables from the comfort of their own home. They can then use the crops in the greenhouse's kitchen as well as utilize the large space to grow a diverse amount of plants.
The house has furniture just like any other home, except that they're pretty much outnumbered by plants.
"After this experience, I could never go back to a conventional house," Scholten, whose career as a "botanical stylist" involves styling plants and flowers for photo shoots, told The New York Times.
"This is a house that works for you, rather than you working for it," she added.
You never feel truly indoors in the Concept House, with the windows slanted toward the sun, they invite plenty of natural light in.
After the experiment wraps up in the summer of 2018, the home is expected to go for around $554,000. While it's certainly not cheap, the new owners can plan on saving a ton on their grocery bill!
It will also be interesting to see what this project leads to when it comes to the future of sustainable architecture and design.