“Winter garden” is a term that comes from French, and it means an environment, inside a house, or an hotels, characterized by glass walls, facing south, with a warm and moist atmosphere, furnished with garden furniture and pot plants, even with timber trees. Its origins date back to the XVI century, born from the transformation of big rooms used for plants shelter and from the development of lemon-house, citrus-house and orange-house.
During the Nineteen century, it grew the need of a space that allows to keep exotic plants alive, and that allows them to be shown next to each other, almost creating a museum of natural history in a place fully perceptible also from the outside.
The utilization of winter gardens as an housing space has originated in England; particularly, it seems that the famous English landscape designer H. Repton, already in the Eighteenth century, was used to advise people the use of glass environment as a “garden extension” of the house, with the purpose to create a place in direct communication with the greenhouse itself.
Then, this idea has been refined creating real “lounge-room” next to living rooms, sometimes with the insertion of mirror walls, used to emphasized the internal design.
This fashion, born in England, has diffused all around Europe, especially in countries with cold weather, and in the planning of private houses during the Nineteenth century the winter garden has reached a considerable importance both in private villas and in urban flats.
Inside the garden, the greenhouse-lounge can be considered as the piano in a villa: an essential structure made to complete the complex landscape project full of amazing scenery and atmosphere always more interesting and exclusives.