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Category: Bermed with Earthen Roof

CASE STUDY : The Edgeland house in Austin, TX

A modern twist on an old style, the edgeland home combines a very stark modern veneer with an earthen-roof design that really incorporates organic elements without sacrificing luxury.

CASE STUDY : Clark House

A well-documented underground home and NESEA open house, the clark house is a great contemporary example of a modern underground home. Built and installed in January, 1991, this earth-sheltered home in New York state puts a lot of emphasis on good design and passive solar (PAHS) principles.

CASE STUDY : The Ellis Park House

This very angular, ultra-modernist design is part earth-sheltered, and part sustainable living. The Ellis Park House, by Altius Architecture

CASE STUDY : Sticks and Stones house

This unusually urban earth sheltered home is a great example of building underground in a dense city. Located in minneapolis, minnesota, this 1350 square foot home is a testament to how some designs stay modern even over 30 years. The home features numerous window wells, and faces south to take advantage of solar heating.

CASE STUDY : sundown house

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.

CASE STUDY : The friedrichs House

breaking the mold by using wood, the friedrichs house strays from the concrete and earth work norms. With a period-fitting traditional veneer on the southeastern side, and an earthen roof covering 2 and a half sides, this house combines the benefits of underground homes with a frontal sense of normality.