Out of the Box: 10 Amazing Underground Homes

Tall buildings have long symbolized towering achievement, but architects in the know say the new up is down—into the ground, that is.

December 11, 2012


For years the phrase "underground living" was reserved for cramped war bunkers and dingy basements, but a new crop of dwellings—either partially or fully submerged into the ground—have evolved into modern art forms, boasting dynamic shapes and cutting-edge energy efficiency.

The Earth Shelter in Northern Michigan

Architect Adam Bearup just put finishing touches on the subterranean structure. With living quarters, a greenhouse, a farm (complete with cows, chickens, and donkeys), a storageroom, and a walk-in freezer, the house is (in theory) apocalypse-proof.

Photo courtesy of Adam Bearup

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