The other day I was looking to buy a small greenhouse online and I started to look at pictures of them. But it wasn’t just the normal plastic greenhouses that I saw, it was also some of the most amazing and unusual greenhouses I have ever seen. So that sent me on a journey to discover more of the world’s craziest greenhouses and bring them all to you in this list…
The Glass Elephant is a landmark in Hamm, Germany. The “head” of the Elephant is a greenhouse hosting a palm garden as well as Rellecke’s kinetic art pieces. The “trunk” is a set of stairs you can walk up, but there is a lift inside the main building.
Stained Glass Greenhouse
While the visual element of this greenhouse is certainly going to shock most people you will be even more shocked to learn that it is made from stained glass found in a skip outside a refurbished church! It is thought that the glass is 18th or 19th century, but if you look carefully at the image they have turned some of the worlds into insects and other animals.
The Worlds Largest Greenhouse
Said to be inspired by a kitchen sink full of soap bubbles, this is the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, UK. At a land size of 25,390 m², it is considered the world’s largest greenhouse and it cost £140m to create and has 90,000 tonnes of soil inside of it!
The Worlds Largest Glass Greenhouse
Covering 1.28 hectares this is the world’s largest greenhouse made from glass and it is the Flower Dome glasshouse at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre it is totally support-beam and column-free allowing for the maximum amount of sunlight.
Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Made from over 1,500 empty plastic bottles (all of which are 2-litre in size), this is the ultimate in recycling and far easier to make than you might think. I have to question if the bottles will shrink and melt over time, but I still love it.
Greenhouse Made From Old Windows
This is another greenhouse made from recycled things, but this time it is old windows. The chances of finding so many uniform size windows are small, but if you can it really is a readymade greenhouse! I wonder if some of those windows open to allow for extra air?
The Worlds Tallest Greenhouse
We go back to the record-breakers only this time it is the world’s tallest greenhouse. It is set to be completed in 2024, even now it is considered the world’s tallest with a 35-meter-high (115-foot) roof.
The Greenhouse Boat
Often referred to as “The Jellyfish” this self-sustaining hydroponic greenhouse is located in Nuavoa Darsena, Milan and it has won six awards for innovation and sustainable technology.
The Worlds Oldest Greenhouse
Named the Greenhouse of the Hortus Botanicus with Victoria Regia, it was designed in 1911. Still, it wasn’t made until the end of the 19th century by French botanist Charles Lucien Bonaparte who is often credited with building the first practical modern greenhouse. It is still open today and is called the Palm Greenhouse.
Worlds Largest Rooftop Greenhouse
The world’s largest rooftop greenhouse can be found in Montreal, Canada. It measures more than 15,000m2 and produces more than 11,000kg of food per week thanks to its 200 employees and is also considered to be the largest urban food farm in the world.
I hope you found these ten greenhouses as interesting as I did. If you have seen (or made) any of these do let us know in the comments below!