This family has been living in the Arctic Circle in a cob house under a solar geodesic dome

Richard Buckminster Fuller (a US inventor) wanted to reimagine the concept of shelter or home during the 1940s. This is what we call a geodesic dome residence.

He spent most of his time looking for ways to make life more sustainable and convenient.

Ingrid Hjertefølger | Inhabitat

The American Institute of Architects calls his work as “The strongest, lightest, and most efficient way to enclose space.

Richard Buckminster Fuller made domes that could be transported by helicopter and contributed greatly to the convenience of US Marine Corps.

This was useful for both covering and storage purposes.

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He championed the idea of a geodesic dome-home throughout his career. His ideas are still being applied to this day.

Geodesic domes can cover more area without any internal supports than any other enclosure. The bigger it is, the stronger and lighter it will be.

This shelter design is revolutionary in terms of cost-effectiveness, ease of construction, and energy efficiency. The geometry allows for good circulation of the ambient air while consuming very little energy.

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Ingrid Hjertefølger | Inhabitat

In fact, The Hjertefølgers have been living at The Arctic Circle, specifically in Sandhornøya island in Norway, inside a geodesic dome home.

Their house was built to withstand all the extreme weather conditions of living in the Arctic. This made it a sustainable home. 

Their three-story cob home—built from sand, water, clay, and other organic materials—is encased in an aesthetically pleasing, and functional, solar geodesic dome by Solardome.

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Because of the 25-foot-high dome that surrounded their home, the Hjertefølgers were protected from heavy snow loads and strong winds. Heating expenses were reduced due to the dome.

The dome is large enough that it covers a garden area. This allows them to emit more greenhouse gases, which allow them to grow their food without the need for sunlight. They grow tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and squash, among other things.

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Ingrid Hjertefølger | Inhabitat

“We love the house; it has a soul of its own and it feels very personal. What surprises us is the fact that we built ourselves anew as we built the house,” Ingrid Hjertefølger told Inhabitat.

“The process changed us, shaped us… The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness.”

“It is hard to explain. But it would have been impossible to get this feeling from a house someone else has planned and built for us, or a house with corners and straight lines.”

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Ingrid Hjertefølger | Inhabitat

The Hjertefølgers, with the help of this sustainable and efficient innovation has proved to us that the concept of living does not have to be in a standard house, in a typical suburban area.

This technology gives people the opportunity to live in a quieter life away from the noise and hustle. Would you be interested in living in a geodesic dome residence?

Take a virtual tour through this unique house:

Source story: h/t: Inhabitat