The idea of “Living under the Earth” could be intriguing for many people, and yet another group a nightmare
Most choose a house built in the Earth balance of the environment, but the reasons for a fully or partially underground building are varied, including requirements to minimize the House influence about the neighborhood, building, where it is not sideways or upwards may extend, profiting from the heat – and cooling properties of the Earth. Some people would build into the Earth, to be hidden just before the gaze of strangers.
The design and the construction of a house under the ground offer many challenges, such as for example costs for dredging, draining, expenses for water drainage, access problems and establishment of decent natural light and ventilation. It is often the case that the underground houses partially are built or built into a hillside in the Earth, so still pages there are, which are free for the air, Sun and views.
Look at these seven houses, which are partly built in the Earth.
Malator, by future systems, Wales (1998)amazing houses built into the ground
With a dramatic location on the Rocky Hill is this House with a room barely beneath the Earth. It has no garden, no driveway or related clearances and it blends seamlessly into the landscape. Across the country, a small glass-enclosed entrance offers views of the outside world.
Openings give a good deal to the Lake feeling the Luke
In the Interior are colorful prefabricated construction elements. Great wide eyes with seagulls on St Brides Bay can be enjoyed from the large, curved sofa.
The Hobbit House, by Simon and Jasmine Dale, Wales (2005)
Simon Dales from a construction company has built this nature-friendly, low-energy House for his family with simple tools and local natural materials. It is detached from the Earth or harvested from the fields around. The system is sustainable with the composting toilets, solar modules and source water.
The House is partially inserted in the hills, to minimise the Visual impact
The ceiling is formed by about 30 gross felled trees. The walls are a mix of lime-plastered walls and straw bales. The ceiling is insulated with bales of straw, covered with soil and planted with grass.
Dutch mountain, by Denieuwegeneratie (new generation), the Netherlands (2011)
This sustainable home is built in a forested Dutch Moor, where the Earth as a small mountain rises up and absorbed the House.
The House, built in the Hill is thus isolated and hidden. The entrance is cut into the mountain.
Cantilever wooden ceiling
The self-supporting wooden ceiling appears over the Earth, glazed openings, to maximize solar energy and to brighten the Interior. The thermal mass of the House retains heat when needed and the natural properties of the Earth cool the House in summer.
The interiors of the House are surprisingly bright and inviting, with a surface area of exposed concrete and painted planes
The rooms have atmosphere with natural light through the deep sections of the Hill or through the large, open South lit rooms front overlooking the forests around a cave.
Home of César Manrique, Lanzarote island, Spain (1966)
This famous House was on the site of a volcanic crater from the 18th century in Lanzarote, Spain built. You can see a low, mellow, whitewashed building, where cacti and colorful steel sculptures emerge in the inhospitable volcanic landscape on the Earth.
There is a feeling here, as if lava would flow into a room
The entrance area are artist studios with large panoramic windows overlooking the basalt landscape.
In one of the caves is a semi-circular white sofa to a single Palm tree that reaches to the ceiling over a hole
Large holes on the floor and stone stairs lead to the lower floor, where five rooms in the volcanic basalt have been drilled, connected by narrow passages, painted in white.
Dani Ridge House, Carvers and Sagar, Big Sur, California
Das aim of this House was that it’s sustainable. To keep the countryside and to protect the House from the neighbors, the architects have cut off a wedge in the Hill and built the House in it. So, the slightly curved ceiling with native grasses were grown. The whole system is stuck in the ground.
Glazed walls provide views of the Pacific Ocean and collect solar energy, which is stored in the thermal mass of limestone soil
Die retaining walls and the floors, ceilings minimize the heat losses. The placement of the window from East to West promotes the airflow to cool in the warmer months.
Villa Vals, by Christian Muller Architects and SeArchin Switzerland (2008)
Villa Vals is a modern version of the ancient underground dwellings. Thanks to the special sensitivity of the site the architects built deep house in a steep slope, so that it doesn’t bother the surrounding nature. The House is more than a hollow space in the mountain.