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Seeking warmth, embracing the cold

Sebastiaan Veldhuisen pursuing barefoot adventures on the island of Curacao. 

Sebastiaan Veldhuisen pursuing barefoot adventures on the island of Curacao. 

Ever since I was 12 years old – when I moved from the Caribbean to the chilly, wet Netherlands – I have been exploring ways to stay warm in winter, from clothes to innovative heating solutions. Now, over 30 years later, I can conclude that cold is not just an 'evil force' to overcome and that warmth is more than a heating system that can be turned up.

My quest for warmth has led me along a path of many ideas, all aiming to find ways to retrieve that comforting feeling I had as a child when walking barefoot on the sand and stones of the tropical island of Curaçao.

As an architect, I designed and developed sustainable and affordable solutions for heating with low temperature stone mass heaters. Later as a consultant, I helped other architects and planners apply sustainable solutions. Finally, I started working for an insulation manufacturer in Denmark where I developed knowledge on energy efficiency and sustainability. It was only then that I realized how ironic my personal history was becoming.

All those years, this tropical boy had only been in search of lost warmth as he turned silly ideas into working solutions… 

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