Photography: Claire de Virieu

Ecological notes



Saving energy

We can stop overconsumption by consuming ecologically. An alternative to solar energy, which poses the question of energy costs and recycling, consists of diminishing energy consumption.


Jean Philippe Weimer, lighting engineer and creator of garden lights, proposes reducing electric consumption in several ways:

  • install human presence-detectors to switch on functional lighting or clocks for automatic cuts

  • Reduce the number of lighting fixtures

  • install lighting fixtures operating on low voltage

  • Create a network of rapid switching terminals to which two or three lights can be attached according to needs: thus you can light up areas close to the house during dinner before switching these lights further away in the garden or playing boules or lazing around in a hammock.




The romantic terrace, backstage



Hidden from the outside world by an arbour and a profusion of plants, this roof terrace becomes a garden of light and shade.

Area: 50 sq m
Location: Paris Left Bank
Biotope: partly shaded
Eco-garden: 3/5



Project stages

[caption id="attachment_426" align="alignnone" width="780"]01-coulisse-terrasse-romantique 2008: location photo, the terrace with the building opposite.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_427" align="alignnone" width="780"]03-coulisse-terrasse-romantique 2009: in two years, the terrace becomes a romantic garden with an arbour and an abundance of plants[/caption]