A greenhouse. Literally.
If you've been to, or live in, Stockholm, Sweden during the winter then you know it can be an ice box. Definitely not an environment to grow a sustainable garden in! But for Marie Granmar, Charles Sacilotto and their young son, a 27 degree day can't stop their winter garden!
That's because this couple built a greenhouse around their house! They call it Naturhus and it is an environmentally home that is built within the walls of a fully functioning greenhouse. The concept was inspired by Sacilotto’s mentor, Swedish eco-architect Bengt Warne. During the day, the sunlight warms the house and growing area and residual heat is stored in the bedrock below the house. The family collects rainwater for household needs as well as for plant watering and they compost their kitchen waste. Sacilotto, who is an engineer, also built the sewage system for the house. Fair Companies reports, “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.”The family grows their own food like tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, figs, and herbs that would otherwise never survive the Scandinavian winter. In addition to the bountiful food, they are also able to sit comfortably on their roof deck all year round!
Watch the video below to learn more about this innovative and vibrant home!