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Beautiful Underground Aloni House Blends in With The Earth
Posted By Mike Chino On August 30, 2010 @ 7:14 pm In Architecture,green roof,Sustainable Building | No Comments
The Aloni house finds its inspiration in the landscape of the Cycladic Islands , which were shaped in the past by earthen retaining walls erected to create land fit for farming. Deca Architecture  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  that regulate the interior temperature thanks to their high thermal mass, while a green roof provides further insulation from the bright Mediterranean sun.
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.
Via Designboom 
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 underground home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/17/stunning-swiss-house-is-buried-under-the-earth/
 Deca Architecture: http://www.deca.gr/
 green roof: http://inhabitat.com/green-roof/
 Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/11320/deca-architecture-aloni.html
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 Cycladic Islands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclades
 retained earth: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/14/exceptional-earth-walled-home-is-a-desert-oasis/
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 shades: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/02/le-galilee-green-office-is-a-sweeping-wood-clad-wonder/
 Piranesi Award: http://www.pida.si/index.htm
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