Faced with height restrictions when building his family home in London, architect Alex Michaelis decided to go underground. Observing a 6′ limit, he created a light-filled, spacious home that uses the lower climes of the site to achieve the designer’s goals. The home includes green features such as a glass roof with a grass top, solar panels, radiant heat, thermal wool insulation and double-glaze windows.
A self-proclaimed advocate of eco-friendly design, Michaelis did his best to source materials responsibly, bringing them in from all over Europe. When scanning the list of environmentally-conscious construction choices, though, I couldn’t help but question the impact of digging into the earth in order to essentially build a mansion without breaking the rules. But details are sparse in the article released today from CNN.com. We may have to dig a little deeper to get the whole story.