Glass shell addition makes 'Nature House' self-sustainable
Tailor Made Arkitekter designed a ‘Nature House’ on the Swedish countryside, in Upgrenna. The spa and conference centre follows the concept worked out by architect Wengt Barne in the 1970s. He developed the idea of Naturhus, where around a central living unit a shell of glass is built. The greenhouse surrounding the living area is not only beautiful and relaxing but allows for a sheltered outdoor space in a climate where spending time outside is not possible during most of the year. And not only that: the Nature House is all about producing instead of wasting, and it does so by recycling. The greenhouse allows for growing plants and vegetables that make use of sewage. The large plant beds cleanse and take up wastewater, and this self-sustaining system is so developed that the house has no connection to municipal sewer.
The main design element of the house obviously is the glass shell. Since it is built on a sloping site, the ground floor is partly submerged into the ground, while the main entrance hall can be found on the upper floor, mostly consisting of the greenhouse section. This is the space not only of gardening but relaxation as well, which is further reinforced by the stunning views of the nearby lake. The house was built in place of a demolished old barn, but it takes references to its predecessor in its shape and materials. The red wooden panelling, typical of Swedish country architecture, is repeated on the whole of the outer shell: all openings got red wood shutters that give a sort of dynamism to the facade while contribute to sustainability as well with their heat radiation reducing effect.
Photos: Ulf Celander
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