Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Underground Living – Hidden Homes

Unbelievable? Wild? A bit strange? Since the beginning of time people have been living underground. All history books speak about cavemen. The 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes had a very brutal image of these people and of the human being far away from civilization and called this kind of living “poor, nasty, brutish and short”.

Cave-house in shape of a human face, Bomarzo, Italy, 16th c, Picture source: Learning from Architecture
After thousands and thousands of years things have changed a little… ;)
Today’s earth shelter dwellings are a more friendly and elegant return to nature: comfortable and eco. I wonder what Thomas Hobbes would say about these….
A Low Impact Woodland Home Credit for pictures goes to: Simon Dale
A lovely home and the one I like most is the hobbit-like house of Simon Dale from Wales. Built with a lot of care for the environment is one of the wonderful and unique places in the world people would like to live in. Close to nature and making plenty use of it to get a comfortable and modern life… “wood burner for heating, water by gravity from nearby spring, solar panels for lighting, music and computing, skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light”.
Eco House in Wales
House in Wales
Underground Hobbit House
Wales earth housing
Earth Shelter House in Wales
Underground Hobbit House by Glenn Kangiser Pictures Credit: glennkangiser on Photobucket
And because we were talking about underground owner built houses this is another interesting one. A whimsical wood home, strangely shaped, in the middle of nature – central California.
Tree House
Underground house stairs
Hobbit House Glenn
Earth House Kitchen
Underground bedroom
Subterra Castle, Dover, Kansas Pictures source:  Subterra Set on Flickr

Living underground becomes more fascinating when your home is not just an earth-sheltered residence, but an abandoned subterranean missile launch complex. Subterra Castle is the best example on how to transform an old, ugly and forgotten bunker into a livable and colorful home. Behind a strong door designed to withstand the blast from a nuclear explosion, after tunnels and lots of metal, a New Age ambiance lays in the home of Ed and Dianna. More about their story on: Roadside America.
Underground Bunker Home

Cumbria Underground House (Eden Valley, Great Ormside, Cumbria) Pictures source: Visit Cumbria
Similar by nature with the two houses the follow her in this post, Cumbria is not a bunker as the Subterra Castle is, but an environmentally friendly, modernly designed home dug into the moutain, more like a burrow.

Malator (Wales, United Kingdom) Copyright: Hamish on Flickr
Malator is a beautiful construction that amazingly blends with the landscape of St Bride’s Bay. More than a strange, contemporary home – one of Wales’ architectural treasures.
Modern Underground Residence

Underground House in the Swiss village of Vals Pictures source: Freshome
A unique house situated deep in the mountains in the Swiss village of Vals. Designed by SeARCH in collaboration with CHristian Muller Architects the beautiful residence, although unusual in aesthetics, has the facilities of a normal home. A common interior, but a wonderful exterior design and a stunning mountain view due to its circular opening.

Underground Modern Residence

Underground house in Greece Pictures source: Trendir
Another carved house with just the second storey visible above ground. Designed by Deca Architecture, the eco-friendly home stands proud on the beautiful landscape of the Greek Cycladic Islands and in the windy climate of the Aegean Sea.

L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland (A viking Settlement) Copyright: Dylan Kereluk A beautiful place meant to remind of Viking settlements in Newfoundland, Canada. You can consider it the authentic Viking recreation – a wonderful architectural piece for travellers.
Underground Green Home

Limehurst, Britain – A Luxurious Underground Mansion
As on DailyMail, the house that will be built under the grounds of Limehurst, a Victorian building converted into flats, is a “£2m property, which will be entered via an unassuming door at ground level and descend up to 50ft below.”
Still a project…

Limehurst Underground Mansion
Limehurst Luxurious Underground House

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