Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A 'Hobbit' village or an Awesome Underground Estate...?

Underground homes have their advantages, such as naturally keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Take this Swiss estate designed by Vetsch Archiektur for example. The house is not only built within the Earth, but it is also very 'green' as well. Constructed around a small lake, the estate was built with concrete, earth and recycled glass. The green roof is also the perfect place to grow a vegetable garden... just don't forget to mow you roof!
The estate is actually quite spacious and consists of nine houses – three 3 bedroom, a 4 bedroom, a 5 bedroom, three 6 bedroom and one 7 bedroom – clustered around a lake. In order to maximize daylighting, the areas which would be used most during the day are situated towards the south, and the nighttime areas towards the north. Bathrooms and stairs to the basement sit between the two and all of the bathrooms get natural light via skylights.

Pretty cool... when I first saw this I immediatey thought of the Hobbit's village in the Shire from the Lord of the Rings...

via inhabitat

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