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28 Stunning Subterranean Structures

From Lush Underground Abodes to Submerged Espresso Bars

— September 10, 2015 — Art & Design
These subterranean structures demonstrate that there is plenty of fun to be had below the surface of the earth. Although underground structures may seem like a relatively new idea, this kind of construction is common in many ancient civilizations. In the contemporary era, it is more than just homes that are being embedded within the earth.

In recent years, many companies have relied on subterranean architecture to give their establishment a unique look and design. These commercial buildings may lack foot traffic but they offer a unique experience that is unavailable above ground. Some of these subterranean structures include tunneled sneaker stores, submerged espresso bars and even underground museums.

Aside from commercial use, underground architecture offers a number of benefits for residential homes. Not only are these homes more private but they are often cooler and quieter than structures located above ground. Some of these unique residential homes include subterranean cliff houses, lush underground abodes and homey nuclear bunkers.
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Tunnel-Based Farms
Tunnel-Based Farms
'Growing Underground' is the World's First Urban Underground Farm
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Supersonic Moving Sidewalks
Supersonic Moving Sidewalks
NBBJ is Hoping to Replace the Circle Line in London a Mobile Pavement
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Sunlit Underground Parks
Sunlit Underground Parks
The Lowline Underground Park is Planned For New York
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Subterranean Bike Trails
Subterranean Bike Trails
The Mega Underground Bike Park is a BMX Travel Dream
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Lush Underground Abodes
Lush Underground Abodes
This Clever Home Design is Half Hidden to Make for More Space
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Underground Garage-Inspired Offices
Underground Garage-Inspired Offices
Carlo Bagliani Transforms a Garage into an Architect's Office
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Underground Transport Skateparks
Underground Transport Skateparks
The House of Vans Skatepark is in Waterloo Station
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Subterranean Theaters
Subterranean Theaters
The Rotherhithe Shaft is Being Incorporated Into an Underground Theater
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Subterranean Salt Museums
Subterranean Salt Museums
This Salt Mine Has Been Converted into a Museum
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Artistic LED-Lit Tunnels
Artistic LED-Lit Tunnels
The Light Lab Installs a Modern Tunnel at King's Cross
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Reworked Bomb Shelter Farms
Reworked Bomb Shelter Farms
These Bomb Shelters Have Been Made into Underground Farms
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Tunneled Sneaker Stores
Tunneled Sneaker Stores
The Sneakerboy Store is an Underground Passage to the Future
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Wooden Ark-Like Abodes
Wooden Ark-Like Abodes
'The Barn' House Resembles a Modern Noah's Ark
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Sunlit Subterranean Parks (UPDATE)
Sunlit Subterranean Parks (UPDATE)
New York's Lowline Lab Will be a Prototype of the Real Lowline
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Community Enrichment Projects
Community Enrichment Projects
This Danish Recycling Center by BIG is a Local Asset
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Shrouded Garden Ateliers
Shrouded Garden Ateliers
Atelier Pam & Jenny is a Charming Studio in Belguim
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Subterranean Espresso Bars
Subterranean Espresso Bars
This Toronto Espresso Bar is Located in the City's Underground PATH
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Submerged Luxury Homes
Submerged Luxury Homes
Dubai's Floating Seahorse Homes Offer Views of Underwater Marine Life
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Homey Nuclear Bunkers
Homey Nuclear Bunkers
The $1.7 Million Nuclear Bunker is a Home within a Home
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Secluded Panoramic Abodes
Secluded Panoramic Abodes
House H by AOZ Creates Privacy without Compromising Stellar Views
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Subterranean School Facilities
Subterranean School Facilities
BIG Has Designed an Art Building Underneath This School Field
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Beautified Bomb Shelters
Beautified Bomb Shelters
The Bunker Pavilion is a Reclaimed Refuge with Contemporary Comforts
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Majestic Driveway Homes
Majestic Driveway Homes
KWK Promes Has Transformed This Driveway Into Art
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Submerged Mountain Museums
Submerged Mountain Museums
This Massive Concrete Structure is Partially Embedded in a Mountainside
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Extremely Split Houses
Extremely Split Houses
Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects is Dramatically Divided
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Luxurious Nuclear Protected Bunkers
Luxurious Nuclear Protected Bunkers
This Underground Home Was Built to Survive War in Style
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Submerged Luxury Homes
Submerged Luxury Homes
H2OME Offers Luxury Living Space Under the Ocean
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Subterranean Cliff Houses
Subterranean Cliff Houses
Open Platform for Architecture's Casa Brutale is a Striking Glass Home
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