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  7. Uppgrenna Nature House / Tailor Made arkitekter

Refurbishment in Architecture

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Uppgrenna Nature House / Tailor Made arkitekter

  • 05:00 - 12 October, 2015
Uppgrenna Nature House / Tailor Made arkitekter
Uppgrenna Nature House / Tailor Made arkitekter, © Ulf Celander
© Ulf Celander

© Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect in Charge

    Fredrik Olson
  • Collaborators

    Greenhouse Living by Anders Solvarm, Niklas Dahlström
  • Client

    Bodil Antonsson
  • Area

    520.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Ulf Celander
© Ulf Celander

Text description provided by the architects. A maximum ecofriendly meetingplace with cafe, conferencerooms ang therapy-treatments. A spa and conference building in Uppgrenna, Sweden. An existing red barn was demolished and replaced by a modern building with ground floor partly submerged in the slope. The upper entrance level consists of an insulated building partly surrounded by an unheated greenhouse that extend over the entire roof. The greenhouse contain room for plant beds and shelter terraces with expansive views of Lake Vättern and a climate similar to Northern Italy.

© Ulf Celander
© Ulf Celander

The exterior is portrayed with inspiration from traditional Swedish barn houses, with its simple ports and shutters. All windows and doors fitted with shutters in a red wooden panel wall. It creates dynamism to the façade and reduces heat radiation when the house is not used.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Sewage Recycling System
The greenhouse allows for a closed local loop of recycling sewage waste. Large plant beds cleanse and take up nutrients in the wastewater and converts it to fruit and vegetables. The house does not require connection to the municipal sewer. Living in a greenhouse encourages a sustainable and non-toxic lifestyle. It becomes very clear why you should not emit pollutants in the environment, it turns back  in to your own recycling system.

© Ulf Celander
© Ulf Celander

The Nature House Concept
The Nature House concept (or Naturhus in Swedish) was developed by Swedish architect Bengt Warne in the 1970s. The houses consists of a core - a living area, that is surrounded by a shell of glass - a greenhouse. The greenhouse sets the insulated inner core in a warmer climate and provides sheltered "outdoor space" from the cold northern winter. It gives you the possibility to grow plants from warmer climate zones and preheats air for ventilation.

© Ulf Celander
© Ulf Celander

The vision is to make a self sustainable house that produce food, instead of waste. Houses that generate energy, instead of only consuming it and, ultimately, living spaces that induce reflection and learning thus influencing the behavior of inhabitants towards sustainability.
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© Ulf Celander
© Ulf Celander

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Cite: "Uppgrenna Nature House / Tailor Made arkitekter" 12 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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