Glass Dome Eco House In The Arctic Circle


INGRID HJERTEFOLGER: When I look back at our creation now, I get a deep sense of gratitude
and joy. INGRID HJERTEFOLGER: We were inspired by the hundreds of natural buildings around the world.
It’s in our own and everybody else’s interest to protect, support and love the planet that
sustains us. COMM: As part of their quest for sustainable living, Benjamin and Ingrid built this incredible
glass dome house for £340,000 in the Arctic Circle. BENJAMIN HJERTEFOLGER: We started building the dome in 2012. We built for one and a half
years before we moved in. COMM: The huge dome is made of 360 individual glass panels and stands 7 and a half meters
high and 15 meters across. Designed to withstand winds of over 31mps, it can also take the
weight of the Arctic snowfall. BENJAMIN HJERTEFOLGER: It provides shelter from the Arctic climate and we need less energy
to heat the house. INGRID HJERTEFOLGER: We grow some of our own food and we collect wild herbs and plants
in nature. We don’t buy much stuff. BENJAMIN HJERTEFOLGER: It gives us a longer and warmer growing season. We have a water
treatment system where all the water we use circulates in tanks and this pumps out into
the green house, where plants and sand filter and clean the water and also takes nutrients
from it. COMM: At the centre of the dome is the family’s living quarters. INGRID HJERTEFOLGER: We wanted a house that made, is made of natural materials, that does
not pollute the air inside and has organic shapes, that is pleasant to live in. BENJAMIN HJERTEFOLGER: The inside of the house is made of cob, which is a mix of sand, clay
and straw. We also use timber. COMM: Both Benjamin and Ingrid were raised on the island and they’re now looking for
their four children to follow the same path. INGRID HJERTEFOLGER: Our three oldest children, they were very much a part of the building
process and they helped us build the walls of their own rooms. And they love the house
and they say that they never want to move, they want to grow old here with us. We want
to live sustainably and eco-friendly because the other alternative isn’t sustainable.
We worked so hard in the process of building it and it’s, it was well worth it.

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We need people like this. Their children need to live in that place and continue their ancestors mission.
To preserve the human race.
Once a meteor/war/plague wreaks havoc on the world, (like it has done hundreds of times in the past) these nomads will carry our species on through time.

To dramatic?

It's cool but I'm finding it very hard to believe they grow enough food to not need to bring most in…a lot of those plants they showed were not even food bearing…

W aste of space and time and money so overdone and not realistic for a couple and 4 kids ( 3 to many btw) great learning for them tho and I bett my life you wont stay there long~so much wasted space. I lived in a 25 foot dome and it cost 1 tenth of what you paid, and in Canada were the snow is our main season we do just fine off the grid~

Humans never cease to amaze me. Building all these crazy things in remote places of the world. I watched the tree house episode and the guy who built his house in a cave as well.

Its an idea that came from the Eskimos, first they build a large tent to keep out the stormy icy winds, very little temp gain but the wind chill is gone, then they build another tend inside of the large one and a third one made from animal hides, this inner sanctum can be heated with a candle to a degree that you can sleep there naked, lots of work for a happy eve 🙂

i feel kinda mean about typing this but,why doesn’t the child where pants or shorts I mean probably its hot and humid so maybe to keep cool the child doesn’t wear shorts or pants I guess? 🤨

Hi Barcroft team, if you could credit us in the copy as the company who made the dome, that'd be great. Thanks!

340,000 pounds thats a shitload of money for that thing might as well just build a nice regular house at that point.

they sell these on alibaba all day for ~60 grand usd.

that's just awesome, but I've built many houses and I know windows are VERY expensive, I would like to know percentage of cost to build house was windows??? must be 75% of their money???? very cool tho…..to bad, I live in southern Canada and we hit 35C to almost 40C Celsius for 2x or 3x months a year and a glass house would just be way way too hot in summer, winter would be great tho…..guess if you could somehow make a removable roof to add overtop in summer, just to add shade, then open/remove some of the top windows to get airflow it might work, but for them more north, it's perfect, I love it

Your home has all the things I put together in my sketches, but I thought of two domes with a glass hall growing area between .the domes cob and partially subterranean. Framed in side for structural but with the Viking outer . I'm looking for land and will be praying for Divine intervention for direction and meeting the financial cost. I am scavengering all all resources for the build . solar panels and board are not yet secure and you know how that goes. But thank you for sharing I can inspire my husband with your video. He knows its my dream.he doesn't quite see it. I feel like I'm on a trip away from it and homesick. So share more please.thanks again.

Probably the best way to live in that part of the world. This would be great in Florida but all that glass would melt anything inside. Granted a design that would be hurricane proof would be perfect.

Nice, but not for me who don't like the cold and would rather spend time outside in the warm sun than freeze my arse off.

Nearly every time I see a story about dome homes, the people are vegan tree huggers, who's only purpose in life is to remain "sustainable" and worship the earth. You know, there are plenty conservative folks out here, who are blue collar working joes and janes, and who would love to own a dome home or cabin. Monolithic and American Ingenuity domes guarantee their domes to withstand tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. They are fire proof and termite proof. They are extremely energy efficient too. It just makes sense to live in a dome home. I would have a grow dome separate from my dome home though. I live in tornado alley, so a glass dome would not be a good idea.

Absolutely breathtaking, this is the way to live. Closer to nature. Less stress. Less bills. Learn to be self-sufficient. No annoying neighbors, just wildlife and a gorgeous environment. Plus the arctic air is some of the freshest in the world.

Wondering how the plants get pollinated. Do they bring in bees or other natural pollinators that actually belong in that ecosystem? Won't those insects respond to the shortened winter photoperiod and hibernate or estevate?

A geodesic dome home made of natural cob inside ???? This is my dream house 💟💟💟💟💖💖 The surroundings are breathtaking too. This couple is living a dream come true. These homes are the future.

Can I know how you built water treatment plant inside the dome,as treating the sewage water releases harmful gases ?

great video, but i´d love more information….like how do they heat in the winter, cost comparison to a 'normal' house, and so on

Glass is extremely expensive. Unfortunately the alternatives, any fit of clear plastic panels eventually haze from the sun.

Paying 370k for some straw and plastic so you can "collect wild herbs" seems like more of an overpriced fad to me. The whole point of the green movement is to live cheaper and easier, not pay more for a lifestyle.

Lovely house but the cost of it is astounding. It is made of glass and metal panels, wood, mud and straw. Where did all the money go? There are much less expensive ways to make green and sustainable houses. A thatched dwelling with walls of straw and mud, some wood beams would cost a fraction of this. And if you want to grow food all year round, then build a separate greenhouse. It would still be far, far cheaper than this thing, more practical and with similar results in terms of internal temperature of the house, and of food production from a separate greenhouse. It does not make sense to call this an Eco house.

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