The weather in Stockholm, Sweden can get downright frigid. With an average January temp of just 27 degrees, growing conditions are not only unfavourable in the winter but downright impossible.
But, where there’s a will, there’s a way — and Marie Granmar, her partner Charles Sacilotto, and their young son found a way.
Inspired by Sacilotto’s mentor, Swedish eco-architect Bengt Warne, they harnessed the energy of the sun to create Naturhus — an environmentally-friendly house built within a functioning greenhouse.
In layman’s terms, here’s how it works: Sunlight warms the home and growing area during the day. Residual heat is then stored in the bedrock below the house. The result? Absolute comfort and sustainable brilliance. Don’t miss the video below for more details.
The roof deck is open for lounging year-round. Imagine sunbathing and reading a book in the dead of a frigid winter surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables – amazing!
This incredibly self-sufficient family also collects rainwater for household needs as well as for plant watering and they compost their kitchen waste.
Sacilotto, an engineer by trade, built the house’s sewage system. Fair Companies Reports writes, “the sewage system begins with a urine-separating toilet and uses centrifuges, cisterns, grow beds and garden ponds to filter the water and compost the remains.”
So just how safe is it to live in a greenhouse?
“It’s security glass,” Sacilotto says “So in principle, this can’t break. If it ever does, it will break into tiny pieces to not harm anyone.”
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Innovation at its finest!
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