Floris Schoonderbeek, a designer from Dutch has created the spherical Ground Fridge. This underground, cellar-style fridge keeps food cool without using electricity. It uses the constant temperature of the earth and cool groundwater to keep the temperature low enough to keep the food fresh. It remains constant at 10 to 12 degree Celsius, throughout the year. This is ideal to store fruit, vegetables, wine, and cheese.
This underground fridge has a round base encircled by wooden shelves and reached by an integrated staircase, creating a slightly phallic shape. It is covered with the soil to make space for the Ground fridge. That means, there is no wastage of soil. The fridge is accessed via a doorway and an angled staircase.
The designer said, “Modern houses are often built without a basement while a lot of people nowadays feel the need for one: they’re focused on healthy food and, for example, grow their own food or buy in bulk at the local organic farmer.”
This ground fridge is a basement as a product. The material used to create is very light and strong. It makes the Ground fridge to be easily transportable. It makes use of the insulating effect of the ground and the cooling effect of the groundwater.
As compare to the regular fridge, this ground fridge has 20 times the larger volume. This makes it attractive choice to anyone who has his or her own vegetable garden or wants to live in modern, self-sustainable lifestyle.
The ground fridge is with the excavated earth. This layer of soil is about one meter thick and insulating. Thus, the temperature inside the fridge barely varies. There’s no authority required to place the Ground Fridge, and no soil to be disposed of.