Diane Pham

Gary Neville's Underground Eco Home Blends Into the Earth

by , 02/12/10

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Far from classification as a drab bunker, this thoughtful design not only considers its eco-impact, but keeps in tune with the tranquil and expansive meadows and hillsides which surround it. The positioning and orientation of the property was carefully thought out, building materials will be locally sourced, and traditional building methods will be used where possible. A ground source heat pump will provide the heating and photovoltaic panels and an on-site wind turbine will generate renewable energy.
 
Almost all of the home will be constructed into the hillside, which, according to the design firm, “enables the surrounding moorland to seamlessly flow across the roof.” The layout takes the form of a flower, with the “petals” hosting areas to eat, relax, entertain, work and play, all around a central kitchen. When lit at night, the house will leave a distinctive, glowing floral impression on the darkened landscape. Amusingly, some have compared the structure to the famed Teletubby house, which admittedly shares some aesthetic value. However, the architects at Make contend their inspirartion arose from Skara Brae, a neolithic underground settlement in Orkney.

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10 Comments

  1. zeeny July 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    very interesting, how can I be assisted in building a similar home and what would it cost

  2. sueq1969 November 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I like that underground home. I would love to live in one.

  3. harleymc June 25, 2010 at 2:04 am

    It’s a stunning piece of design. I do hope the appeals process gets this through the planning objections especially to have the on-site renewable energy generation.
    It will no doubt have absolutely awesome thermal mass and daytime natural lighting looks excellent!
    *grumpily looks around rented Victorian era slum. Why do I need lights during the middle of the day? why do I need to burn gas to keep warm for hours per day? *sigh*

  4. Renewable Ray April 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Energy input has got to be zero, for heating and cooling that is.

  5. jenwillis February 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Very cool! I’ve often wondered about — and longed for — a home underground.

    What is the literal footprint of this home — i.e., how much land is being used — and how many residents will such a structure accommodate?

  6. manny February 19, 2010 at 1:10 am

    This is another example of using sustainable building ideas from the past
    Looks impressive

  7. robmiller7 February 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

    fantastic design – can’t help but wonder how a famous footballer is going to stop nosey-parkers peeping through all those windows and skylights – I think I might feel a bit vulnerable, out in the moors…..

    Sounds like the beginning of a good horror film :)

  8. stomper February 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Looks like tellytubbies’ home

    http://www.treehugger.com/teletubbies.jpg

  9. bpg131313 bpg131313 February 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    This is a fantastic design! I’d love to be able to see it in person and get a feel for what it’s like to walk through the space. The walls around the teardrops would have to be a bit higher in rattlesnake (and other creepy-crawlies) country though.

  10. Buzbee February 12, 2010 at 3:39 am

    The ancient becomes modern, and not a moment too soon. Here in rural northern California the opportunities for this type of housing are endless, and our culture of innovation should be fertile soil for underground housing. However, many years of experience tell me that simple intellectual inertia can be a real idea killer. Convincing local planning and health officials as well as homeowners and investors of the soundness of this approach will be no easy matter, at best. Being able to point to real world examples like this can be helpful and hope springs eternal. Design may save the world, but only if the powers can be convinced to pull their collective head out of….ahh….the ground and put some houses into it, windmills upon it etc. Congratulations to the team at MAKE. It would be interesting to hear more about their experience with the planning and approval process.

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