Floris Schoonderbeek’s Groundfridge chills food without electricity

This spherical refrigerator by Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek is buried underground, keeping food cool without using electricity.

Groundfridge by Weltevree for Dutch Design Week 2015

Schoonderbeek’s Groundfridge for Dutch brand Weltevree is based on traditional root cellars – spaces dug into the earth to preserve food and drink.

Groundfridge by Weltevree for Dutch Design Week 2015

The fridge has a round base encircled by wooden shelves and reached by an integrated staircase, creating a slightly phallic shape.

Groundfridge by Weltevree for Dutch Design Week 2015

In contrast with modern domestic appliances, the Groundfridge doesn’t rely on electricity. It is designed to be buried underground where, due to thermal inertia, temperatures are constant throughout the year.

Groundfridge by Weltevree for Dutch Design Week 2015

According to Weltevree, burying the fridge allows it to remain consistently between 10 and 12 degrees celsius throughout the year, meaning it can be used to store produce such as vegetables, wine, or cheese.

Groundfridge by Weltevree for Dutch Design Week 2015

Constructed from lightweight laminated polyester, the Groundfridge is resistant to intrusion from roots of nearby trees or plants.

Groundfridge by Weltevree for Dutch Design Week 2015

The company claims the storage capacity is comparable to that of 20 standard refrigerators, meaning it can hold up to 500 kilograms of food.

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