Gallery: Haus W: Prefabricated Sunken Home Harvests Geothermal Energy i...

Sunk half a flight into the ground, Haus W takes advantage of the earth's stable temperature to help moderate the home's interior climate. Glass surrounds the whole top half of the ground floor, and a skylight in the central atrium floods the upstairs with natural light. Haus W takes advantage of geothermal energy to further heat and cool the space, and it maintains a direct connection with the outdoors. Kraus Schönberg Architects designed the Hamburg home and incorporated prefabricated panels to build the home and help reduce the overall cost.

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