Inside a glass dome in Northern Norway, lives a family of five. Hjertefølger means heart follower in Norwegian, and the Hjertefølger family were certainly keeping that phrase in mind when designing and integrating efficient ways to incorporate nature's potential into a beautiful space.
In 2013, they built a three-story, five-bedroom, 25-foot-high solar geodesic dome on Norway’s Sandhornøya island, located over 1000km north of Oslo.
For those who don’t know, a geodesic dome is a partly spherical structure comprised of a complex network of triangles. Their dome is made from various organic materials including sand, water, and clay, and the shape holds heat while protecting the family from the strong winds and heavy snowfall typical of the region. It also covers a garden area where the Hjertefølgers grow fruits and vegetables.
“The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking in to any other house,” Ingrid Hjertefølger told Inhabitat. “The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness.” That’s the reward for following your heart. With panoramic views of the northern lights, we can definitely understand why. Check out the video below to find out more, which is also available in 4K.