Hjertefølger means heart follower in Norwegian, and the Hjertefølger family are certainly true to their name. After all, it takes a very special kind of force to compel you to move to a remote part of the Arctic Circle, but that’s exactly what this family of six decided to do in December 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 dome offers panoramic views of the surrounding untouched wilderness, and it also affords the family beautifully unobstructed views of the yearly Northern Lights.
“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. (h/t: inhabitat)