Yes, silos have been turned into houses. This one is in the Midwest of the States — in Utah.
It’s called the Monte-Silo house. From a distance, you might think it’s still a grain silo.
But the inside has some very unusual features, just like the house itself.
Take the beds for example. They sit inside little windows in the walls — little bed nooks, just like the little cubicles in Japan’s famed cubicle-hotels.
They have curtains for privacy… but not walls!
There has been talk in architectural and anthropoligical circles about how many older cultures built round structures. We have a lot of remnants of the round buildings of England’s pre-Roman Brits, tepees, igloos, adobe and brick structures across the Americas, round huts in South America, yurts on the Asian steppes, and a lot of others.
The vibe is said to be quite different in a round structure. No corners for the energy to stop, some say. Just round, like the earth itself.
Do you think there’s any differences?
I can think of one, from a construction standpoint. The difficulty in building everything custom to fit the arc of the round interior! That is no small task, I’m sure. As you can see in this silo house, they use angles, fitting the square materials available to the rounded arc.
This particular house, though, is supposed to be cool in summer, warm in winter. I didn’t expect that from a metal home. You always hear about storage bin homes that they are hot in summer.
Part of this one is that it has a southern exposure that adds daylight light and provides solar heat.
But to stay warm in winter, this silo house also has an electric mesh in the floor — in-floor heating!