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.

Arc House in East Hampton, New York

The last thing homeowner and former mortgage banker Bob Stansel wanted when he was laying out plans for his 6,400-square-foot new home was for neighbors to think he was bringing some "monster" into the neighborhood. So he built more than half of it underground. Passersby need never know that the house has four bedrooms, a gym, and multiple living spaces.



Photo courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture

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