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.

Earth House in Seoul, Korea

Architect Byoung Soo Cho has built an underground home in the middle of a thick forest and rice fields about an hour east of Seoul. It has a 23-foot-by-23-foot courtyard, plus a kitchen, a library, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. The inspiration for the home goes back to Cho's Harvard days when he studied Taoism and negative and positive spaces. Cho uses the home for self-reflection, meditation, and gazing at stars.

Photo courtesy of BCHO Architects

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