So Andree injected another new idea into the process – a Terrarium – just like an aquarium but with earth instead of water. A terrarium simulates a stable environment in which specific plants can grow.
In our agricultural conversations the topic of a greenhouse has come up numerous times as a means of growing plants that cannot survive in the harsh winter cold that is so typical of Romania. The terrarium fit right in with that idea – a kind of small indoors greenhouse. Andreea’s idea is to create a space that isn’t completely isolated from the house by glass walls – but one that is connected in both form and function – more like an indoor garden. It would benefit from a relatively steady warm climate in the house, plenty of natural light from the south and the house would benefit esthetically and functionally – including two small citrus trees (which will have enough space to grow and give fruit, but will be cut down to a managable size).
With this in mind Andreea put together this drawing which demonstrates a possible front-side of the house with a sealed entrance space that contains a greeting terrarium.