Yuka Yoneda

Awesome Hidden Lair Tucked Under Mounds of Green Grass

by , 08/06/10
filed under: Architecture, green roof

earth house, vetsch architektur, Lättenstrasse estate, grass covered house, grass roof, green roof, underground house, underground home, buried house, daylighting, green architecture, sprayed concrete, eco architecture, green design

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.

While the basement and parking lot (yes there is a subterranean parking lot) were built using conventional methods, the entire ground floor was constructed using the typical earth home sprayed concrete technique. The house also makes use of recycled glass and is topped with a protective green roof which can be used to grow grass or even edible plants.

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2 Comments

  1. dberkowitz September 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    And no problems with bug entering the house? That’s my first thought on an underground house.

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