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Kulusuk - Houses - East Greenland


The land in Kulusuk is almost all sloping in some direction, the answer to this is to build a raised platform on piles and then put houses on top of that, the under house portion making a useful storage space. By its weathered colour I assume that the topless base in the center of this picture has lost its house rather than is awaiting one.

One thing that I never really understood though was why so many of the houses were built so far up the slopes. There were virtually no vehicles so every day the inhabitants would have to walk up and down the slopes or steps often carrying all sorts of stuff, and the exposed positions must make the houses colder in winter however insulated they are compared to being built further down the slope. Maybe the views are worth it and the efforts that put me off just shows how soft and unfit I am.

Picture copyright Paul Ward.

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