The Aloni home’s plan consists of five interior areas surround by four courtyards that are ,a href=”http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/soeul-gains-an-underground-house-by-byoung-soo-cho/”>carved into the landscape. The interior spaces feature large windows that allow daylight to spill into the home, while shades and overhangs protect the home from inclement weather and excessive solar heat gain.
According to the architects, Aloni refers to “the remains of a crop-harvesting circle that was found and preserved as part of the agricultural past of the site“. We love how the architects used traditional building techniques to create a modern and efficient home that preserves its roots through a sense of site-specific history. The project won the Piranesi Award in 2009.