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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.

Cave House Gross in Greifensee, Switzerland

The owner of this dwelling needed to build more space for his family but didn't want to have to ask for permission from his neighbors. His solution? He created two sunken courtyards with three additional bedrooms for his kids below ground.

Photo courtesy of Hannes Henz

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