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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.

Country Estate in New Canaan, Connecticut

New additions to the house (originally built mid-century by Philip Johnson) include a new art gallery, pool house, and garage. Stone and concrete foundations cut into the hillside, revealing a hint of the rooms that lie below.

Photo courtesy of Roger Ferris + Partners

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