This little prefabricated house is shaped like a geometric igloo for sustainable off-grid living!


One glance at the rugged terrain of the Faroe Islands and you are instantly transported to the latest fantasy TV show where moss covers the roofs of hand-built cottages and the clatter of hooves replaces the sound of car engines. Danish engineer Ole Vanggaard and Faroese architect Kári Thomsen worked together to build their own group of prefabricated cottages in Kvivik, a hamlet nestled in the hills of the Faroese landscape.

Named Kvivik Igloo, the tiny prefabricated houses are perched atop the Kvivik Hills, overlooking the bay and surrounding mountains. Designed to look like tiny hobbit cottages, each Igloo Kvivik is built with a hexagonal frame and design elements meant to echo the past. Lined with asphalt panels, Kvivik igloos can grow grass and greenery on their rooftops and sides to truly transport residents to their favorite hobbit fairy tale. The living igloo roof not only adds to its charm, but also adds to the sustainability factor of the cottage, creating an elevated nesting place for birds and woodland creatures. Highlighting their sustainability efforts, builders use passive house building practices and natural materials to build Kvivik igloos, including wood, glass, aluminum and rubber. Chimneys also punctuate the top of the roof of each igloo, reminiscent of a wood stove or fireplace. Steel framed windows form grilles on the exterior of the Kvivik Igloos, sweeping the full span of some facades and merging the crisp exterior with the cozy interior of the chalets.

Known for their strength and endurance, igloos have functioned as a sheltering dome shape during the winter months for many Inuit and Eskimos for as long as they have existed. The slanted structure of the Kvivik igloo makes the interior walls, floor and ceiling converge, producing slanted skylights and great interior height. Cloudy white sunlight in Kvivik filters through the glass windows and skylights of the igloo and gives the interior an antique feel.

Creators: Ole Vanggaard and Kári Thomsen

Located in the Faroe Islands, Kvivik igloos are built with hexagonal frames and plywood exterior panels.

The slanted windows of the Kvivik Igloos produce slanted skylights and allow sunlight to filter through the handmade glass surface.

A concrete foundation provides a solid foundation on which the Kvivik igloo can rest.

Colored steel frames line the windows and give the Kvivik Igloos a whimsical air.

All windows, doors and window frames are handcrafted off site and measured to fit the preferred igloo size.

A grass roof covers the tops of the Kvivik igloos, echoing the builders’ commitment to sustainability and nature.


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