Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather

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The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.

“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto. He was inspired to build a house-in-a-greenhouse through his relationship with architect Bengt Warne who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974*.

Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer house, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass. The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).

The favorite spot is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.

The greenhouse isn’t the only novel point to the Granmar-Sacilotto home. They are also completely independent from city sewage. Built by Sacilotto- an engineer by training-, 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.

* In the video, Granmar mentions architect Bengt Warne’s influence in the 1990s since this is the date he reached a larger audience with his book release.

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/family-wraps-home-in-greenhouse-to-warm-up-stockholm-weather/

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20 comments for “Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather

  1. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Thanks for the interest in our nature house, and feed-back!! We will try to answer all your questions in our book that is planned for September 2017. To be able to finalize the book some funding is needed. Therefor you are very welcome to back our project on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/317723508/living-in-a-greenhouse-experiences-from-nature-hou
    If we get enough funding, we could also translate the book into English.
    best regards, Marie and Charles

  2. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    It'd be great to watch the rain fall on the house if the whole glass exterior is coated with a hydrophobic product such as Rain-X.

  3. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones..😂

  4. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Lmao

  5. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    knowing what is possible to do today an knowing the emergency we live in I do not understand how we still built house like 50 years ago….today…

  6. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    It looks do fragile. Had the wind damaged the greenhouse at all?

  7. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Very cool

  8. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Very interesting. Thanks for the video!

  9. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Really lovely. Is that Glass? Plexi glass? Do you ever have a concern about potential breaking from earth movement, weather or trees falling against it?

  10. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    In the winter those plants are gonna be fine

  11. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    hello, i am having keyboard issues, is there a way to reach you with a direct msg. my interest pertains to implementation on an existing structure. Always Respectfully, Andrew Whitehill

  12. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Why dome a summer house, why not dome a winter house?

  13. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    If there's a chemical accident in the area, this house is well insulated. And the trees in the inclosed area provide oxygen.

  14. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Wow! I would get nervous with all the glass around the house. is it a special non/break glass like plexi, or just regular glass?

  15. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Is hail a problem? I love this concept!

  16. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Cool house. Would be nice to see it in winter.

  17. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    А как это чудо мыть?

  18. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Do they throw stones?

  19. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    What about hail, or tornado's, extreme heat, and keeping the glass always clean?

  20. September 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Awesome home! In home sewage treatment should be standard in more homes.

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