Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather




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.

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37 Comments

  1. Marie Granmar
    January 17, 2017
    Reply

    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. Angie Krajewski
    December 14, 2017
    Reply

    Ah she said they have a wood heater ..,so this is ok if it gets real cold…,

  3. Sigridovski
    December 15, 2017
    Reply

    Don't you get less oxygen when you open a window? Oxygen is so important for health. And tomatoes that grow under the sun have hundreds of phytochemicals that make the skin get protected against the sun, but the ones that grow under glass, have much less and are not as healthy. I hope you open the glass enough and can plant vegetables also outside the greenhouse. It's fun, I speak quite fluent French and can understand both of you, all three languages, as I am Swedish too.
    The Fresh-air Book av J. P. (Jørgen Peter) Müller; a very important book, should be read by everyone.

  4. Szabolcs Szigligeti
    December 15, 2017
    Reply

    This is so peaceful . .

  5. さえきなつこ
    December 15, 2017
    Reply

    家が汚れなくていいね

  6. Denise H
    December 15, 2017
    Reply

    thats awesome! man, I could grow orchids all in there!

  7. ReichHop
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    the entrance shed visually straight up hammers it all down the drain in no time – fuck me

  8. Jerry Keränen
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    Can u make winter video of this house?

  9. Prairielander
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    I love how people in Stockholm talk about a "nordic winter". It gets to be -25 or colder here in January in Canada. It can dip down to -40 as well.

  10. Patrick Guinnane
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    I wanted to do this for years

  11. Angela Hatfield
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    I love you septic system idea. I really love the home. it would be perfect for my area. how economical? how much daily care does it take? where did you order the barrels? Lol I am interested

  12. Patty FromTexas
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    I live in South Texas, we have the exact opposite problem, finding ways of cooling down.

  13. Kurt Jensen
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    In case nobody’s asked this question yet how do you clean all those windows???

  14. Windkisssed
    December 17, 2017
    Reply

    What a PERFECT environment! I wish there were more of them all around the globe!! Thanks Kirsten for seeking this out!!
    Lauri

  15. 2MpowHer
    December 18, 2017
    Reply

    Just wondering who is cleaning the glass it must be a major task just to keep it sparkling.

  16. John Gonzalez
    December 18, 2017
    Reply

    That is a good idea.

  17. ashamed of canadians ignorance
    December 19, 2017
    Reply

    better hope that the climate change…. which is caused by the grand solar minimum NOT by man…. doesn't bring baseball sized hail with the coming ice age.

  18. neveralonewithnature rainbow
    December 19, 2017
    Reply

    Brilliant idea!

  19. Larysa Radewych
    December 19, 2017
    Reply

    Always wanted my house in a bubble.

  20. JRX 2
    December 19, 2017
    Reply

    is the green house made of glass or some sort of plastic?

  21. 3warsGunsmithing
    December 20, 2017
    Reply

    They are loosing a valuable part of the energy they could be harnessing in that green house. Instead of -20c outside and 10c inside. It could be so much warmer.

  22. Vince Golder
    December 20, 2017
    Reply

    mold.

  23. Tony Beadle
    December 20, 2017
    Reply

    What a brilliant idea, i guess your home also has better sound insulation, so many good points to this idea, How much does your local window cleaner charge though?

  24. Marios Karampalis
    December 21, 2017
    Reply

    why you don't use solar panels inside on the top of the house, the installation will be easy without e roof??

  25. grapeboot
    December 21, 2017
    Reply

    They must not get much hail there.

  26. Brent Justice
    December 21, 2017
    Reply

    I think the acoustics or talking and echos would be so strange.

  27. sang pemburu
    December 21, 2017
    Reply

    I love that house.

  28. henry murray
    December 21, 2017
    Reply

    Ahead of your time. Bravo.

  29. Ed Denoy
    December 22, 2017
    Reply

    Beautiful house but I really support the people who live in smaller houses and apartments. They are much, much more efficient. I hope in the future that apartments will become better insulated and more quiet. I think some places are making these improvements but we still have a ways to go.

  30. T'airn'KA
    December 22, 2017
    Reply

    I like it, especially no "bad" bugs. I wonder how long it will take to recoup the 80K euros with the savings (if ever)?

  31. cujoe Mblakka
    December 23, 2017
    Reply

    why not run pipes through the ground to create a convection situation that helps to cool during summers and heat during the winter.

  32. imathayne
    December 24, 2017
    Reply

    So you build the greenhouse and live in it until you can build the house inside? Genius. At least you will be warm and have food in the meantime…

  33. Tony ARC
    December 24, 2017
    Reply

    Imagine keeping this clean and the poor birds flying into it lol

  34. Linh Phùng
    December 24, 2017
    Reply

    i know that having your own sewage system is very good and off grid but i was wondering, did having a normal sewage system get in the way of the green house? because when i think of it, sewage pipes would be underground and the greenhouse glass would be ground level. the foundation of the greenhouse might go underground but it shouldnt have gone in the way of the sewage pipe no? i hope im not sounding too much like an idiot but i am genuinely curious about this XD

  35. Lloyd Duncan
    December 25, 2017
    Reply

    Good idea …. don't think it would work where I am at … we get 2 or 3 serious hail storms a year where I live

  36. bong breaker
    December 25, 2017
    Reply

    I Love This…80k Euros For Just The Green House, Not For The Whole House Right?

  37. Drkajavab
    December 25, 2017
    Reply

    -3…bahahaha, that's it? We have -20 even -30 for a few days here in Quebec. This is pretty neat though. It would be great to have this on a smaller scale. Crazy expensive for a house of that size. The sanitation system is so cool!

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