Sikhall 156 by Naturvillan, Bralanda Sweden: SEK 7,850,000
Not far from the shores of Lake Vanern in south-west Sweden is a curious building. Part greenhouse, part villa, this striking A-frame construction is cladded entirely in glass, the upper levels festooned with solar panels. Welcome to Naturvillan, a visionary off-grid, self-sufficient contemporary villa created by the developer of the same name.
What the agent says (via our friends at Google Translate): "The house of the future and the self-sufficient natural house of the next generation. This climate-smart villa with its own system for heating, electricity, water and nutrient recycling is completely off-grid. Heating with integrated solar cells and own Mediterranean garden. Live in one of the world's most sustainable and environmentally friendly houses. Here you can enjoy a longer summer with home-grown Mediterranean plants, both fruits and flowers. This is thanks to Naturvillan's unique design."
What we love:
The eco-credentials of this house are awesome: the electricity comes from solar panels and batteries, supplemented by a wood-burning stove and a mini electric power plant for the darker winter months. The water comes from a well on site, with the waste water recycled and purified by the plant beds. The greenhouse can, in principle, supply enough fruits and vegetables to feed two people over a growing season. All these are wrapped up in a building as good looking as the surrounding countryside. Low in running cost and environmental impact but high in style, this could well be the blueprint for sustainable living.
What we would do:
We would add more indoor-outdoor furniture to turn the greenhouse living space into a luxurious garden room and the top floor terrace into a solarium that is perfect for sunset parties.
The Naturvillan at Sikhall 156 is offered for sale by ERA Real Estate at SEK 7,850,000. Prices and details are correct as at September 2022.
Prepare for the long winter nights with stylish outdoor lights such as the Sampei outdoor floor light from Davide Groppi, the Medouse outdoor floor lamp from Catellani & Smith and the Chou mini cordless table light from LZF.