Living underground is pretty cool and we’re not talking metaphorically. It’s really cozy, fun, not to mention interesting, plus the earth acts as an insulator. Don’t just think of those little hobbit houses. They’re definitely cute but they’re small and rustic. If you want something better suited for a present day lifestyle, check out these modern underground homes and the ways in which they stand out by being hidden.
This pavilion comes as an addition to an existing home located in northern Italy. It was a project by act_romegialli and it’s a structure that serves as a lounge and fitness area. The placement and design of the pavilion were more or less dictated by the topography of the site. There was also a desire to naturally integrate the pavilion into the landscape and to connect it to the surroundings, hence the glazed facade which reveals views of an artificial lake.
Sometimes the topography inspires the design of a house and other times it’s the house that shapes the site, like in the case of this project completed by Bauen in Paraguay. We’re talking about two single-family homes that were built on a flat piece of land. The architects and their clients came up with the idea to shape the land and to create artificial hills to incorporate the houses in. As a result, these homes are underground even though they actually sit above the ground.
Partially hidden behind concrete walls and partially covered by greenery, this house in Madrid built by A-cero has a design full of contrasts. On one hand the back of the house is completely open to the outdoors, more exactly to the garden and the lounge areas. On the other hand, the land seems to be enveloping the house, offering this organic and fresh look to the entire property.
The way in which the architects at VASHO dealt with the limited amount of space in this case is quite interesting. They had to find a way to design a house for 18 people within a 500 square meter area. The site presented its own set of challenges, featuring this steep slope which ultimately inspired the architects to design a modern underground home. The interior spaces become a part of the slope as the house gradually becomes one with the land.