- Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

Beautiful Underground Aloni House Blends in With The Earth

Posted By Mike Chino On August 30, 2010 @ 7:14 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Green Roof | No Comments

sustainable design, green design, aloni house, green building, sustainable architecture, underground house, deca architecture, Greece [1]

The Aloni house finds its inspiration in the landscape of the Cycladic Islands [2], which were shaped in the past by earthen retaining walls erected to create land fit for farming. Deca Architecture [3] decided to incorporate this traditional building typology into the design of the house, and the result is a structure that resonates with the topography of its site while taking advantage of low-impact materials that impart high insulation values. The single-level 240 square meter home features walls made of retained earth [4] that regulate the interior temperature thanks to their high thermal mass, while a green roof provides further insulation from the bright Mediterranean sun.

sustainable design, green design, aloni house, green building, sustainable architecture, underground house, deca architecture, Greece [5]

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 [6] 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 [7] in 2009.

+ Deca Architecture [3]

Via Designboom [8]


Article printed from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-underground-aloni-house-blends-in-with-the-earth/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/aloni-lead02.jpg

[2] Cycladic Islands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclades

[3] Deca Architecture: http://www.deca.gr/

[4] retained earth: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/14/exceptional-earth-walled-home-is-a-desert-oasis/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/aloni-ed04.jpg

[6] shades: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/02/le-galilee-green-office-is-a-sweeping-wood-clad-wonder/

[7] Piranesi Award: http://www.pida.si/index.htm

[8] Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/11320/deca-architecture-aloni.html

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.