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Dive into the Groundfridge prefab root cellar

The Groundfridge is an easy-to-install natural refrigerator. You just need a hole in the ground.

Brian Krepshaw
Brian is the author of two culinary based books published via his imprint Storkburger Press. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.
Brian Krepshaw

Welcome to the Groundfridge.
Welcome to the Groundfridge. Weltevree

Apparently, there are these things called cellars. Being a California guy, I'm not quite sure what they are, but it would seem that they're ideal places to store root vegetables. Now, I am a little unclear on the concept, but I think there are regular cellars and root cellars. A regular cellar is something that comes with a house; kind of like a garage, but underneath it or something. Root cellars are ideal locations that keep a cool temperature well suited for storing certain food items. Oh, and unlike regular cellars, you can just go out and buy one.

The Groundfridge is a prefab root cellar designed by Floris Schoonderbeek for Dutch brand Weltevree. Constructed of "hand-laminated polyester," the fully contained, non-electrical food storage pod is designed to simply be installed in the ground. Given that the ground keeps a cooler temperature (even here in sunny California), the concept makes practical sense, although installing one clearly requires a little more effort than calling up your local big-box store.

After your new Groundfridge is buried (in a good way), it still offers attractive design. Shelving lines the spherical interior, providing a large area to keep foodstuffs cool in. Lighting is also provided. The pod is accessible via the built-in stairs that go down into the ground -- in terms a Californian can understand, about the depth of a backyard swimming pool.

(Via Gizmag)