Located within walking distance to the famous thermal baths of Vals, this unique home in built directly into the lush alpine landscape. Designed by Christian Muller Architects and SeARCH, the home works with the landscape of the hill that it is built into. The formal entrance of the home is through a barn and an underground tunnel on the other side of the hill.
How do you build a 6,400-square-foot-home without it looking like a mansion monstrocity? Former mortgage banker Bob Stansel found the solution by building more than half of his East Hampton home underground! From above, the home looks like a modern, yet modest home. But, underground the home boasts 4 bedrooms, a gym, and multiple living spaces.
This former sandstone mine, turned roller rink and concert venue where Bob Segar and Tina Turner performed, was transformed into this one-of-a-kind home by owners who purchased the property on eBay. They then transformed the cave into a naturally insulated two-story, three bedroom home with a gently curving staircase, hardwood floors and 28 salvaged sliding glass doors on the façade. Most of the rock walls are still exposed in their natural state. Once licensed as a bomb shelter, the cave has a natural spring and city water. Interested in living in a cave home? This home recently came up on the market.
Designer and builder, Adam Bearup, dreamed of building the largest earth shelter in the world that would be completely off the grid. At a massive 12,000 sq feet, the shelter consists of multiple underground domes. Some areas of the shelter are buried 22 feet underground. With living quarters, a greenhouse, a farm (complete with cows, chickens, and donkeys), a storage room, and a walk-in freezer, this house is pretty much apocalypse-proof.
This bured home sits about 60 miles outside Lima, Peru, near pre-Inca remains. Built for two retired philosophers, glass-and-metal box rests at the entrance, symbolizing “architectural intervention on untouched nature,” according to the architects. They’re not lying: There is no electricity or water-sewage system in the area.
When people hear the words “underground home” they tend to picture a dirty bunker hidden deep in the forrest, or a small hobbit living under a grassy knoll. However, in recent years underground living has become increasingly popular.
Underground living has numerous advantages. Homes below the ground surface offer more resistance to severe weather, quiet living space, an unobtrusive presence in the surrounding landscape, and a nearly constant interior temperature due to the natural insulating properties of the surrounding earth.
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Underground homes are also tend to be far more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than above ground homes.
However, living underground does come with its fair share of risks. The potential for flooding is fairly high in underground homes and requires owners to always have a pumping system available to them.
Here we give you a glimpse into what the underground home market looks like. But don’t be fooled by the pedestrian view. These architects and owners have built themselves mansions under mole hills.
For more information on these underground homes visit:
Villa Vals– www.villavals.ch
The Earth Shelter – www.earthsheltered.org
Arc House- mbarchitecture.com
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