Population increase always increase from year to year. But unfortunately, the increase in population is not accompanied by an increase in land area. Thus, it is not impossible if in the future human will lack of land to build a residence. Various solutions to solve this problem ever done, among them are vertical flats and floating houses.
Not only vertical flats and floating houses alone. Various countries in the world are now beginning to design underground homes as alternative dwellings. In addition to using design and environmentally friendly technology, this underground house also has a wonderful aesthetic elements.
Have you ever thought of owning an underground house and living in it? During this time, “living under” land is often defined by living inside a narrow bunker, especially during wartime. This makes a lot of people think many times to live underground.
But, living underground now becomes something of a dream. Especially if the residence has a modern and complete form. In many places, this underground house has become a reality.
Then, like what are some underground houses that could be a recommendation for us? Here’s the review;
Gary Neville House
Gary Neville, former captain of Manchester United football team (retired in 2011), plans to build an eco-friendly underground home in Bolton, England. The British city planning agency finally approved the proposal of the former football star to build an 8,000 square foot underground house. The flower-shaped house is seen blending with the Pennine hills, has four bedrooms and is designed to let light go all the way down to save energy.
Underground House in Vals, Switzerland
This underground house is located in Switzerland. Designed by Architects Christian Müller and SeArch. According to them, building an underground house has several advantages such as the use of heaters and air conditioning that cost relatively little. The town of Vals is known for its hot springs offering amazing views. This house is perfect for the location although buried in the ground, but does not block out the beautiful mountain scenery.
The Desert House in Greece
The eco-friendly house with a square structure was designed by Deca, utilizing natural heat and light, even cooling through the wind. Built between two adjacent hillsides, this house has a simple box-shaped design that blends in with the surrounding desert, which combines traditional Greek design elements. The house is only slightly visible in the middle of the surface, and some are buried inside without showing a modern impression.
Maximum sun exposure is the main idea of building this house. It has two main terraces where one terrace for morning sunshine and a second terrace for the afternoon atmosphere. This house also has a unique rainwater harvesting system and environmentally friendly. A private residence design is the best model for future homes, although most homes are buried underground.
Great Ormside Underground House, Cumbria
Built on the old mine of Cumbria, England. This two-story house was designed by architect John Bodger at the request of the homeowners Phil and Helen Reddy. When planning to build the house they are looking for an ideal location to realize their dreams. Until finally they decided to build on the site of an old quarry located on the slopes of the Eden valley in Cumbria. Home work began in April 2002, with sunlight being used as the primary source of illumination.
Cave House in Festus
This energy-efficient and modern home has an area of 15,000 square feet and is built inside a sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri. As homeowners, Curt and Deborah Sleepe use a modern interior design that blends in with the natural sandstone walls. This smart design also utilizes geothermal resources, to meet the needs of room temperature control.
The basic plan of the Malator is very simple, with one main room inside, separated by a prefabricated (unpacking) green, while the outer part of the house is open to the surrounding landscape. This contemporary home is called one of the finest works of Welsh architecture, he believes that everyone would crave a modern home like this.
Located in swiss designed by Vetsch architecture, it consists of nine houses connected by a staircase leading down to the basement and even an underground car park. This unique house uses the soil as an efficient insulation to protect them from extreme temperatures, rainy weather, wind and also abrasion.
Settlement of 700-Year-Old Stone
It’s located under Sahand Mountain, Iran. A 700 year old settlement sculpted from natural volcanic rock formations. Although most of these underground apartments are very old, they are now all updated and have covered all the comforts of a modern home.
Underground House in Lower Silesia, Poland
This underground house was made using modern elements. The green grass roof above the house can only be accessed by the inhabitants of the house through a ladder located inside. The perfect blend of green surroundings, this unique home provides the perfect interaction between the inside and the outdoor for the inhabitants.
Woodlyn Park, First Hobbit House
If imagining a dwelling house would not be separated from the shadow of a Hobbit village. This is the most recent definition to present underground homes lately. Hobbit fans try to make small houses embedded at the foot of the mountain with a unique design. The house made of polystyrene stones keeps the room cool during the summer and keeps warm in the winter.
Bella Vista’s Green Hotel
Lately began to emerge the idea of eco-friendly dwelling. Many people try to design a house or even a building to be redesigned into a better dwelling. For example Hotel Bella Vista one of them. Hotel located in Bozen, Italy is redesigned to meet the standards of buildings that are more environmentally friendly. All building structures are made with material sources obtained from the surrounding area, and the focus of development is inspired by local culture by combining artificial elements and natural elements to create a harmonious impression.
One way to combine a house with such natural scenery is to find the right construction to make the house disappear with the view. This is why most homes made at the foot of the mountain are built using local materials such as stone and wood.
Well, that was some examples for the underground home design idea that you should try. Very interesting, isn’t it ? ^^