Dutch Underground

Dutch Underground

Netherlands – Denieuwegeneratie Year built: ¬† ¬† 2011 Photography: ¬† ¬† Jaap Vliegenthart, John Lewis Marshall In winter, when¬†the¬†sun is lower, the¬†large glass facade allows the sun in to warm the concrete shell. The thermal mass holds the¬†warmth releasing it slowly during the night. In summer, when¬†the¬†sun is¬†higher relative to¬†the¬†horizon, the same mass¬†keeps the house […]

Search and rescue helicopter holiday home

Helicopter Home

Thornhill, Scotland This helicopter may be retired from its military service but it’s far from going to¬†the scrap heap. The search and rescue aircraft is now lodged in its new home, serving a new and unusual purpose! This 17m-long Sea King ZA127 helicopter originally retired from active service in 1994 even though it was still […]

The Stair House

Stair House

Daejeon City, Shimane ¬†Japan ¬†– ¬†¬†y+M Design Office Built area: ¬† ¬† 143 m2 ¬†(1,550 sq. ft.) Take two teachers, two young children, a seaside position with harsh winters and a strong desire to interact with family and students in a casual surrounding. ¬†The House of Stairs is the innovative and visually stimulating result. Externally,¬†the […]

Living Underground


Historical evidence suggests humans have been living underground for millennia, first in caves and then later in shallow excavations roofed with sticks, mud and thatch. Just as above-ground homes vary greatly in their construction and appearance, so do underground homes. ¬†Types include constructed caves, culvert homes, earth berm dwellings, elevational dwellings and atrium homes. And […]

Earth House – An Ode to Yoon Dong-joo

Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea –¬†Byoungsoo Cho Site area: ¬† ¬† 660m2 Floor Area:¬† ¬† 32.49m2 Project Year:¬† ¬† ¬†2008-2009 Photography:¬† ¬† ¬†Wooseop Hwang, Yong Gwan Kim It would seem odd to think of a 14m x 7m concrete box set deep in¬†the ground as a ‘house of the sky’ and yet it is! The tiny home […]

Cow eats house!

Anton Garcia Trufa

Costa da Morte, Spain¬†–¬†Ant√≥n Garc√≠a- Abril Date of Project: August 2006 End of Construction: February 2010 Built Area: 25 m¬≤ Photography: Roland Halbe This cabin must rank as one of the most innovative, yet easiest and cheapest to build, that we’ve ever seen. In fact, a cow named Paulina did most of the work! Named […]

The Invisible Dome Home

The Invisible Dome Home

Underground living – Texas style – Monolithic Dome Structures Italy, Texas USA Dig a hole 66 metres x 23 metres x 10 metres deep (200’x75’x30′), blow up your shell, start pumping concrete and insulation, fill it back up again and you have your typical underground dome home! Visitors to Glenn Young‚Äôs Monolithic Dome home often […]

The Santambrogio Glasshouses

The Santambrogio Glasshouses

Milan, Italy –¬†Santambrogio Milano Photography: Santambrogio Architects Imagine living in a home made entirely of glass – right down to the bed! ¬†The first four images are of a real display building. ¬†It was done to showcase the firms design capability. ¬†The second group of four images are purely conceptual. Whilst it’s unlikely anyone would […]

The Hemloft

The Hemloft

Whistler British Columbia – Joel Allen Gone forever now, but what an interesting story this is! Built on public land, this home lead the owner (borrower of public space?) to a new beginning. Built from materials sourced free on Craigslist, it’s proof of human resourcefulness. “Like so many wonderful accomplishments, the HemLoft sprang from broken […]

Copper House

Belmont, MA, USA – Charles Rose Architects Project Year : ¬† ¬†¬†2004 Photographs :¬† ¬†¬†¬†John Edward Linden Photography   A vinyl-clad Colonial structure used to sit at the site where the Copper House currently stands. After a major addition and renovation project, the “house within a house” caught the attention of the architectural world because […]