When the Mongolian setting called for a stylish solution to its harsh climate, architect Juan Pablo Maza responded with Plot #35 of the Ordos Project, an underground abode with a striking floating extension for a finer view.
The minimalist villa is designed to take advantage of the mild underground temperatures during severe weather conditions in winter and summer. The spacious ground-submerged structure boasts a surprisingly luminous interior with glass windows built around an airy patio. Emerging from this protected habitat through a curly staircase is a seemingly floating room, appearing to be suspended and surrounded by a pool of horizontal beams. This encircling shield is truly an arresting sight, offering an almost extra-terrestrial vibe to the otherwise concealed habitat.
The impressive Plot #35 villa design aims to fuse the introverted and extroverted characters of the house; it has noticeable clear-cut lines and buried underground quarters.
Its name definitely evokes question marks, while its target setting is a quite faraway place; still, it could easily be adopted by anyone who would rather choose his room based on his daily moods.
Floating Underground Villas
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