Subterranean Living

Lower costs and weather protection make underground homes attractive options
Implications - House hunters are now faced with a tough dilemma. In the midst of the heightening vertical urban landscape is an opposite architectural development: underground living. Burrow-like in nature, these subterranean abodes are more energy efficient, easier to maintain and provide protection from unfavorable weather conditions. Earth-integrated shelter may be just the thing to appeal to eco-conscious yet contemporary-minded consumers.
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Undercover Homes - The Urrezkoenea House by Pena Ganchegui & Associates is Underground
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Viral 74,111 Clicks Pub: Jun 22, 10
Undercover Homes
The Urrezkoenea House by Pena Ganchegui & Associates is Underground
Located in northern Spain near the small town of Getaria is the 'Urrezkoenea House' by Peña Ganchegui & Associates. The house overlooks a spectacular view of the ocean and is hidden underneath the cover… [More]
Underground Homes - The Triangular Concrete House 2 by A-cero Architects is Hidden
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Viral 168,406 Clicks Pub: Jul 29, 10
Underground Homes
The Triangular Concrete House 2 by A-cero Architects is Hidden
The Concrete House 2 by A-cero Architects resemble a bunch of blocks side by side from a distance, but rest assured that inside these blocks lies a wondrous home. Part of the home is covered in grass,… [More]
Hole-in-the-Ground Architecture - Underground House in Seoul by Byoung Cho
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V. Hot 41,320 Clicks Pub: Mar 29, 10
Hole-in-the-Ground Architecture
Underground House in Seoul by Byoung Cho
At ground level, there isn't much to see of this underground house in Seoul. That's because the beautiful design of this home is completely submerged. On the surface, it's a slab of concrete and a hole.… [More]
Hobbit Hideaways - This Swiss Cluster of Houses Belongs in 'The Lord of the Rings'
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Hobbit Hideaways
This Swiss Cluster of Houses Belongs in 'The Lord of the Rings'
This eco-friendly Swiss cluster of houses is quite the statement. The houses look like they belong in 'The Lord of the Rings,' what with their mounds of greenery and hidden appearance. The underground… [More]
Hobbit Hole Livestock Lodgings - Now the 'Hobbiton' Shire is Home to Sheep
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Hobbit Hole Livestock Lodgings
Now the 'Hobbiton' Shire is Home to Sheep
On the Alexander Family Farm, the set for the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy 'Hobbiton' village was built, but now the Shire is actually home to sheep. The little hobbit hole abodes have been stripped of… [More]
Domestic Pit Mines - Matthew Fromboluti's 'Above Below' Turns an Old Mine into Eco-Housing
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Hot 18,294 Clicks Pub: Oct 14, 10
Domestic Pit Mines
Matthew Fromboluti's 'Above Below' Turns an Old Mine into Eco-Housing
The offer to live in a mine isn't very attractive -- unless that mine happens to be 'Above Below' from Matthew Fromboluti. 'Above Below' is a concept that combines sustainable living and working quarters… [More]