Built from recycled materials and outfitted with solar panels, this geodesic dome allows it’s hosts to grow food year-round.
Frigid winter is one thing, but living at the Arctic Circle takes those challenges to another level altogether. One Norwegian family, however, has managed to thrive, and has done so in a sustainable fashion.
Inhabitat reports the Hjertefølger family has lived on Sandhornøya island in Norway since 2013 in a three-story cob home called the Nature House. Constructed from sand, water, clay, and other organic materials, the structure took just three weeks to build and is surrounded by a functional and solar geodesic dome.
As the five-bedroom, two-bathroom cob home is surrounded by a 25-foot high SOLARDOME encasement, the six-person family is protected from the strong winds and heavy snows.
The geodesic dome also helps cut down on heating costs, and because the dome extends past the house, the family has been able to grow a substantial garden, consisting of cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, apples, cherries, plums, apricots, kiwis, grapes, and melons. Despite living without sunlight three months out of every year, the family is able to subsist sustainably, largely on the returns from their garden.
Credit: Nature House
As the pictures convey, the interior is both cozy and inviting. The home is also made more aesthetically pleasing due to the Northern Lights and astounding visuals of nature.
Commented Ingrid Hjertefølger:
We love the house; it has a soul of its own and it feels very personal. What surprises us is the fact that we built ourselves anew as we built the house. The process changed us, shaped us.
Having now lived there three years, the Hjertefølger have no plans to leave their Arctic Circle sanctuary.
The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking in to any other house. The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness. It is hard to explain. But it would have been impossible getting this feeling from a house someone else has planned and built for us, or a house with corners and straight lines.
The Hjertefolgers have also said that they intend to hold classes, tours, workshops, and concerts at the Nature House in the future, and they’re planning on someday adding cabins to host yoga retreats and family camps in the summer.
Following are more photos of the spectacular and unique home:
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