Four awesome homes built underground

With the swelling populations of countries, it seems like we will have to draw some inspiration from the dwelling of the Hobbits to accommodate the growing numbers.  Man first started living in caves and over the times, we have realised how eco-friendly it is to live in “earth homes”.  Here are four amazing underground homes that will probably inspire you to go underground too!


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Cave House in Festus, Missouri

Making use of a natural sandstone cave, this 15 thousand square foot home is a modern-day answer to eco-friendly living.  This home is energy efficient and was made by Curt and Deborah Sleeper in Festus, Missouri.  Although the exterior of the home might betray your thoughts, nevertheless, the interiors are extremely contemporary which merge in well with the rough sandstone walls.  The clever designing of the home and geothermal heating makes this home energy efficient, as it does not require a furnace of air conditioner.


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Malator in Druidstone, Wales

This amazing futuristically designed home has now evolved as one of the finest architectural masterpieces of Wales. Constructed in the hollow of a trench, this home has also been nicknamed as the “Teletubby House”.  The Malator has a simplistic design with one room inside that is separated with the help of various coloured pods.  However, the exterior of the home blends in seamlessly with its grassy surroundings.


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Hidden House in Lower Silesia, Poland

Aptly called the Hidden House, this underground abode from KWK Promes has a grassy roof, which only the residents can use.  From here, there is a set of stairs leading downstairs inside the home.  From the surface, you just would not be able to make out that if there is a home that exists under the grassy turf.


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The Underground House, Great Ormside, Cumbria, England

Making use of an abandoned quarry site, the Underground House in Great Ormside, Cumbria, England, is one of the best ways to bring life into an area that was once bustling with activity.  This amazing double storeyed home was build for Phil and Helen Reddy and was designed by John Bodger, an architect.

Summary:

Underground homes used to be built out of necessity during the time of the World Wars for shelter and protection.  However, now, it has become a new way of connecting with nature and living in a sustainable fashion.

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