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UID Architects’ Stunning Pit House is an Underground Home Sheltered Within a Floating Cedar Box

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On October 30, 2012 @ 3:39 pm In Architecture,Floating Houses,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

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UID Architects [1]‘s main goal for the Pit House was to make the transition between the exterior and interior as seamless as possible. Multiple branch-like columns support the cedar floating [2] box, while the concrete cylinder situated in the central area of the house acts as a both visually and structurally dominant element. The cylinder connects six types of floor levels. A staircase spirals around it, enclosing a circular bathroom and a storage closet.

“The concept is inevitably drawn from the request of the clients, and the context of the site. It becomes a subterranean room with little influence of the open air, and a relationship with the external surface of the earth”, state the architects.

The space seems to flow and gradually develop into different areas of the house. The cedar [3] box encases the house and hovers above the sunken ground floor. Providing a glimpse of the complex spatial relationships behind the simple geometry of the box, a large rectangular opening reveals a recessed balcony behind the façade, which is a continuation of the L-shaped first floor.

+ UID Architects [1]

Via Dezeen [4]

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[1] UID Architects: http://www.maeda-inc.jp/uid/

[2] floating: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-prefab-westcliff-pavilion-home-boasts-a-floating-stone-wall-in-south-africa/

[3] cedar: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-cedar-clad-villa-topoject-emerges-from-the-hillside-in-korea/

[4] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/10/10/pit-house-by-uid-architects/

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