Get closer to nature by living in an underground home built from sustainable materials
I’ve always wanted to live in an underground dwelling because it’s the closest I’ll ever get to living like a Hobbit, and it seems like the perfect place to go in case zombies attack. Most importantly, underground homes are very eco-friendly and are built directly into the earth, which means they take up less construction material and produce less waste. Plus, they just look cool!
Here are 4 underground homes that get my “thumbs up” for being truly green and innovative:
1. Underground Home by KWK Promes
This earthen home designed by KWK Promes has a grass roof that absorbs water and helps to regulate temperature inside the home.
2. Swiss Hillside Home
Designed by Dutch architecture firm SeaRCH and Christian Müller Architects, this beautiful underground home located in a Swiss village has rooms that wrap around an interior courtyard, and they all get flooded with natural light.
3. A Low Impact Woodland Home
This low impact woodland home was built in Wales by Simon Dale. He built the home using all natural materials, such as straw bales for insulation, reclaimed wood for the floors, and stone and mud for the foundation. The home features solar panels, a fridge cooled by underground foundations, compostable toilets and a water-collecting roof for the home’s garden.
Here’s Simon talking about the importance of living closer to nature:
4. Residential Settlement of Earth Homes
This community in Dietikon, Switzerland designed by Vetsch Arhitektur features 9 homes that are settled around an artificial lake. The bathrooms get natural light through rooftop windows, and the tops of the roofs are covered with earth for growing grass or plants.
Gee, now I want to move to Switzerland even more than I did before! I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking that underground homes are a great idea, and I’d much rather live in an earthen home than a million dollar mansion.