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.
Category: Bermed with Earthen Roof
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.
This very angular, ultra-modernist design is part earth-sheltered, and part sustainable living. The Ellis Park House, by Altius Architecture
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.
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.
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.