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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20 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. A L
    December 9, 2017
    Reply

    Must be so stuffy in there.

  3. Carousel Lee
    December 10, 2017
    Reply

    Wow I kinda love this idea! Maybe one day I'd like to build my own tiny house. But the problem is I want to hang out outside too. But it gets so cold… So if i had a greenhouse around my tiny house, I could hang out outside in winter!

  4. Stars 17
    December 10, 2017
    Reply

    Can't see the beauty of this house outside. Looking from inside and out i would feel claustrophobic not sure on this one. Compare to the others.

  5. Астра 7
    December 11, 2017
    Reply

    а летом не жарко под стеклом?

  6. Zoralda
    December 13, 2017
    Reply

    Is it difficult to keep that mass of glass clean?

  7. Walrus Latte
    December 14, 2017
    Reply

    Every day, wealthy people drop fortunes on cars, yachts, second and third homes and the plebes don't bat an eye. Yet this couple chooses to spend their wealth building an eco friendly dream home and everyone is triggered.

  8. Angie Krajewski
    December 14, 2017
    Reply

    When it snows ..how do you manage to scrap the snow off the glass roof or on the side..if the house doesn’t get enough of sun .,then with what do you heat?…..

  9. Angie Krajewski
    December 14, 2017
    Reply

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

  10. 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.

  11. Szabolcs Szigligeti
    December 15, 2017
    Reply

    This is so peaceful . .

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

    家が汚れなくていいね

  13. Denise H
    December 15, 2017
    Reply

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

  14. ReichHop
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

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

  15. Jerry Keränen
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    Can u make winter video of this house?

  16. 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.

  17. Patrick Guinnane
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    I wanted to do this for years

  18. 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

  19. Patty FromTexas
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

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

  20. Kurt Jensen
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

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

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