This merrily aquatic earth-sheltered and earth-bermed home in Big Sur is a great coastal example of green building.
This beautifully contemporary earth-sheltered home on the west coast strikes a great balance between modest design and an earthen roof.
This mansion is a little off – the opulent luxury goes down in floors instead of up. This $53 million behemoth, the brainchild of it’s owner – a shrimp importing magnate, features doznes of rooms including 2 full size tennis courts (one underground, and one on the grounds).
Another great case study from the “earth sheltered housing design” book by the University of Minnesota’s underground space center (1979), the sundown house has a very appropriate for it’s name – natural lighting. This home, unique even by underground home standards, features large tracts of windows , and consists of two separate structures with individual entrances. The house makes liberal use of sloping angles, with a traditional green roof. A good portion of the main house structure is only surrounded partially by earth, apparently up to just a few couple of feet in some places.