Humans have a unique ability to adapt to any nature conditions. In terms of climate, Scandinavia takes the biggest and the most challenging part of Europe, where constant wind, long nights and huge uninhabited territories are not an exception.
The northern part of the european continent is well-known for its clean design, sustainable architecture and the use of eco-friendly materials. Four years ago the Hjertefølgers family, who lived all their life inside the Arctic circle, decided to strengthen their fight against the climate changing. ‘’The idea was to create an inspirational house using only ecological goods, the healthy and natural environment’’ – says Ingrid Hjertefølger. That is how the ultra-green house was born.
First of all, they built a cob house. Clay, sand and straws were mixed by foot, and then this kneaded lumps of the agglomerated material were transformed into solid walls. The interior part of the house is pretty spacious, yet very cozy. It’s barely decorated inside. The stable wooden carcass and soft earth colors give a peaceful appearance to the environment.
Then, this traditional natural home was topped with a single-glazed geodesic dome. Semicircular shape wasn’t chosen randomly: it is the way to cover the most living area with the least amount of surface area. Сompared to a similar sized rectangularly-shaped house, the dome home would have 30 percent less surface area.
Energy wise, the Hjertefølgers use solar panels. Perhaps in winter they can’t rely on getting enough natural energy to heat the air and water, especially for a family of 6, but for the rest of the year they live in a private tropical island.
Apart from eco-house, Hjertefølgers dedicate themselves to live a nature-friendly life. Since the dome was built, there were no more significant temperature differences inside, what is favorable to grow their own products during the all year. The garden thrives inside the dome.
In the basement family has three different size traps to filter fatty oils, greases, and sludge, and to separate the oils from water. The substances pass through a catching system, which gives them time to cool off and solidify, and the water passes through the drain normally. “The house has clean water coming in and clean water going out, – says Ingrid. – All waste is nourishing the plants which eventually become food for them.”
“The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness. I can almost hear the stillness,” – says Ingrid.