Humankind started off living in caves, and now we realize that “earth homes” are actually a very eco-friendly way to live. With the population growing more and more each year, it was only a matter of time before people started building their homes underground like Hobbits from the Tolkien tale.
These ten underground homes are so amazing they might make you want to set up camp underground too.
1. Festus, Missouri
This modern and energy-efficient 15,000-square-foot home is built within a sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri. Created by Curt and Deborah Sleeper, this home features modern interiors that blend with the natural unfinished sandstone walls. Thanks to geothermal heating and clever design, there is no need for air conditioning or a furnace to cool or heat the home.
2. Malator in Druidstone, Wales
This contemporary home is touted as one of Wales’ architectural masterpieces.
The turf roof, steel chimney and peephole doorway inevitably earned this house its local nickname as “the Teletubby house”. The basic design of Malator is very simple, with essentially one room inside, divided by prefabricated colored pods, while on the outside, the house melds with the surrounding landscape.
3. Hidden House in Lower Silesia, Poland
This underground house from KWK Promes was designed so that the grassy roof of the home is accessible only to the residents, via a set of stairs inside the house.
4. Cumbria, England
Similar by nature to the next two houses in this post, this Cumbria home is not a bunker like the Subterra Castle, but rather an environmentally friendly, modern home dug into the mountain, like a burrow.
5. Limehurst, Britain – A Luxurious Underground Mansion
As featured in Daily Mail, the house that will be built under the grounds of Limehurst, a Victorian building converted into flats, is a “£2m property, which will be entered via an unassuming door at ground level and descend up to 50ft below.”
6. Estate Lättenstrasse, Dietikon, Switzerland
This Swiss estate, designed by Vetsch Architektur, consists of 9 houses connected by stairs that lead down to a basement and even a subterranean parking lot. These “earth houses” use the ground as insulation, which efficiently protects them from rain, extreme temperatures, wind and abrasion.
7. Swiss Mountain Underground House
Located in a quiet village – Vals, Sweden – this splendid underground house was designed by Netherlands-based SeARCH architects, in collaboration with Christian Muller. Displaying an interesting architecture and welcoming facade, the house plays with design lines and different materials to construct a comfortable atmosphere.
8. A Low Impact Woodland Home
A lovely home, and the one I like most, is this hobbit-like house belonging to Simon Dale from Wales. Built with a lot of care for the environment, this is one of the wonderful and unique places in the world where people would like to live. Close to nature and making plenty use of it to get a comfortable and modern life, this house sports a “wood burner for heating, water by gravity from nearby spring, solar panels for lighting, music and computing, [and a] skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light”.
9. Underground house in Greece
This is another carved house with just the second storey visible above ground. Designed by Deca Architecture, the eco-friendly home stands proud on the beautiful landscape of the Greek Cycladic Islands and in the windy climate of the Aegean Sea.
10. Cave Dwellings For Rent, Kandovan, Iran
Located in Iran at the base of Mt. Sahand, these 700-year-old dwellings are carved out of natural volcanic rock formations. Though these largely subterranean apartments are very old, they have all been updated and include all of the modern comforts of home.