Underground Living – Hidden Homes

The famous underground houses, unbelievable?!?! Wild? A bit strange? If we stop to think for a second, people have been living under the ground since the beginning of time. All history books speak about cavemen. And many well known people expressed their opinion about underground homes – kind of primitive form of living. The 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes had a very brutal image of these people and of the human being far away from civilization and called this kind of living “poor, nasty, brutish and short”.

But in time, the situation changed. Underground houses are placed nowadays right in the middle of the civilization and they tend to be extremely out-of-the-common, but in an interesting and luxurious way.

Cave-house in shape of a human face, Bomarzo, Italy, 16th c, Picture source: Learning from Architecture

After thousands and thousands of years things have changed a little… πŸ˜‰
Today’s earth shelter dwellings are a more friendly and elegant return to nature: comfortable and eco. I wonder what Thomas Hobbes would say about these….

A Low Impact Woodland Home Credit for pictures goes to: Simon Dale

A lovely home and the one I like most is the hobbit-like house of Simon Dale from Wales. Built with a lot of care for the environment is one of the wonderful and unique places in the world people would like to live in. Close to nature and making plenty use of it to get a comfortable and modern life… “wood burner for heating, water by gravity from nearby spring, solar panels for lighting, music and computing, skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light”.

Eco House in Wales

House in Wales

Underground Hobbit House

Wales earth housing

Earth Shelter House in Wales

Underground Hobbit House by Glenn Kangiser Pictures Credit: glennkangiser on Photobucket

And because we were talking about underground owner built houses this is another interesting one. A whimsical wood home, strangely shaped, in the middle of nature – central California.

Tree House

Underground house stairs

Hobbit House Glenn

Earth House Kitchen

Underground bedroom

Subterra Castle, Dover, Kansas Pictures source:Β  Subterra Set on Flickr

Living underground becomes more fascinating when your home is not just an earth-sheltered residence, but an abandoned subterranean missile launch complex. Subterra Castle is the best example on how to transform an old, ugly and forgotten bunker into a livable and colorful home. Behind a strong door designed to withstand the blast from a nuclear explosion, after tunnels and lots of metal, a New Age ambiance lays in the home of Ed and Dianna. More about their story on: Roadside America.

Underground Bunker Home

Cumbria Underground House (Eden Valley, Great Ormside, Cumbria) Pictures source: Visit Cumbria

Similar by nature with the two houses that follow it in this post, Cumbria is not a bunker as the Subterra Castle is, but an environmentally friendly, modernly designed home dug into the moutain, more like a burrow.

Malator (Wales, United Kingdom) Source: Wikipedia – Mike Graham

Malator is a beautiful construction that amazingly blends with the landscape of St Bride’s Bay. More than a strange, contemporary home – one of Wales’ architectural treasures.

Underground House in the Swiss village of Vals Pictures source: Freshome

A unique underground house situated deep in the mountains in the Swiss village of Vals. Designed by SeARCH in collaboration with CHristian Muller Architects the beautiful residence, although unusual in aesthetics, has the facilities of a normal home. A common interior, but a wonderful exterior design and a stunning mountain view due to its circular opening.

Underground Modern Residence

Underground house in Greece Pictures source: Trendir
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.

L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland (A viking Settlement) Copyright: Dylan Kereluk

A beautiful place meant to remind of Viking settlements in Newfoundland, Canada. You can consider it the authentic Viking recreation – a wonderful architectural piece for travellers.

Underground Green Home

The many types of underground homes ( Copyright Andrew Seccull 2011 – via Triton)

building tips for earth sheltered houses

And a few tips on how to design and build your own underground homes, the amazing architecture of earth sheltered houses (via Malcolm Wells):

underground architecture

Limehurst, Britain – A Luxurious Underground Mansion

As on DailyMail, the house that will be built under the grounds of Limehurst, a Victorian building converted into flats, is a “Β£2m property, which will be entered via an unassuming door at ground level and descend up to 50ft below.”
Still a project…

Limehurst Underground Mansion

Limehurst Luxurious Underground House

And these are just some of the most interesting underground houses.

Irina Alexandra is a young entrepreneur and architect, with a passion for miracles and weirdness of life.

She has been writing articles on Weirdomatic for the last 7 years in a search for all the amazing things we tend to ignore.

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21 Responses to “Underground Living – Hidden Homes”

  1. I love it! I’d rather live in any of these than in the Burj Khalifa.

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  3. brilliant. thats what i call a home

  4. The “Cave-house in shape of a human face, Bomarzo, Italy, 16th c” pic reminded me of the skull Cave of Phantom. πŸ™‚

    I never thought that people and designers will be so creative about the houses and underground home deisgns. These are great and will save many during storms too πŸ™‚

  5. I keep coming back to these houses, they are beyond wonderful and environmentally sound.

  6. good shyt, there is actually an underground house here in dallas tx, its nice to see others are into this sort of thing.

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  8. WHERE IS THE HYDROMATIC PICTURE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  9. Fascinating, I could see it being done for commercial use in a few designs, but residential fits best.

  10. very good collection of human house history.

  11. coooooooooooooooooooooooolll i wanna house like dat so badly so i can show of at my friends dats a preaty good work though it look like it took years and how much does a house like dat cost for a girl like me cuz i aint rich like them white people but i aint races

  12. I think one of the greatest benefits of underground housing is to growing families. I mean honestly, your family is never going to be so big that you run out of space to expand your house downward. πŸ™‚

    Not to mention the incredible energy efficiency.

  13. You should check out the following Yahoo! group. More of an emphasis on Passive Annual Heat Storage (PAHS) than general subsurface design, but still informative. – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UndergroundHouse/

  14. There are people living underground everywhere from the Swiss Alps to Las Vegas and the Caves of … ‘Invisible’ Set of Green Homes to be Hidden Underground.

  15. wow the tree house its amazing… never thought will see something like this in life

  16. hi like teletubys house cose its under the ground πŸ˜€

  17. All houses here are amazing !
    One day I must try .

  18. awesome idea’s… outside of the box kind of thoughts… good day ya’ll… cheerz

  19. bunker life tubeslide pool! i am enjouyingv it looking.

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