The color green shouldn't be reserved just for St. Patrick's Day, as Prince Charles demonstrated today when he visited his "Prince's House" at the Ideal Home Show in London. The house beautifully marries tradition and sustainability — two concepts that are near and dear to Prince Charles's heart.
In a letter introducing this concept house Prince Charles wrote,
I hope people who visit the show will see that eco-homes do not have to be a kind of alien from outer space, but can be beautiful and comfortable places with a sense of identity and belonging. If the British people are to be persuaded that it’s worth living in low-carbon homes, it may be easier if the examples they see don’t necessarily look like spaceships or hermetically sealed boxes.
Designed by The Prince's Foundation For the Built Environment, of which Charles is president, this home re-creates the "natural house," a design developed by the educational charity at the Building Research Establishment in Watford, Hertfordshire. Head over to the foundation's website for a video explaining this concept house — it's brilliantly simple, relying on traditional insulation and heating and cooling concepts instead of hi-tech gadgets. For instance, sheep's wool is used as insulation in the roof and floor. In addition to the incredible eco structural features of the home, the interiors reflect a recycled, chic sensibility that continues the theme of traditional, green living. The house's cozy, Anthropologie-esque interiors were designed by Christina Moore, and are a perfect reflection of the prince's goals for the eco, traditional home.