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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above And Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND

Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb,this clever dwelling was made specifically so that it would blend in perfectly with the breathtaking landscape in Vals, Switzerland. Designed by the architects of SeArch and Christian Müller, the home is hidden on all sides save for one and by building the house underground, the architects were able to almost completely eliminate the need for heating or cooling in the winter and summer months.














 700 YEAR OLD IRANIAN CAVE HOMES

Located in northeast Iran at the foot of Mount Sahand, the mound-like homes are carved from volcanic rock, meaning that most of the materials needed to construct them were already located on site. Technically, the dwellings aren’t true underground homes since a portion of them sits above ground, but since much of the living space is buried, inhabitants can expect cooler temperatures during the day without having to jack up the air conditioning (and saving a lot of energy).





 HIDDEN LAIR TUCKED BENEATH MOUNDS OF GRASS

Peeking out from underneath bumpy layers of greenery, this amazing abode looks more like something out of a fairy tale than real life. But don’t take this Swiss estate lightly. Designed by Vetsch Architektur, the structure was built using earth house construction, resulting in an insulating blanket that protects it from rain, low temperatures, wind and natural abrasion.






 GORGEOUS MODERN HOME BUILT INSIDE A CAVE

 When you think about “modern living,” “cave-dwelling” isn’t usually the first phrase that springs to mind. But this eye-popping home nestled inside of a 15,000-square foot sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri is the best of both worlds. Built by Curt and Deborah Sleeper, the underground abode features smart examples of energy-efficient architecture like geothermal heating and passive design that keep the interior comfortable while completely eliminating the need for a furnace or air conditioning.





 GARY NEVILLE’S FLOWER SHAPED ZERO CARBON HOME

If you’re looking for a truly unique example of subterranean splendor, check out green enthusiast and British football star Gary Neville‘s house-to-be. Hidden under the ground, save for the petal-shaped windows that flood the interior with light, the one-story, nearly 8,000 sq ft structure was designed to keep energy consumption to a minimum. Oh, and did we mention that it looks like a flower?







 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FALLINGWATER UNDERGROUND ECO COTTAGES

 Designed by Patkau Architects from Vancouver, the cottages will reside in the hills of the 5,000-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve that surrounds Fallingwater.











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