The Minamisōma home–or Soil House–uses surplus soil from the construction site to create the house's walls. The house was designed by architecture firm ADX for a Japanese resident who lost their home in the Tōhoku earthquake. The Soil House sits nestled within a simulated landscape, making it seem like a natural extension of the earth. The monolithic trapezoidal soil walls offer the building a distinctive look that breaks up the urban vista.
The Soil House matches the soil wall exterior with a wooden interior, coming together in a harmonious fashion. The large windows provide plenty of natural light, keeping the house feeling organic. The interior draws on the washitsu style of Japanese architecture with tatami floors and sliding screen doors. With its earthy elements, the Soil House maintains a close connection to nature.
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