An Alternative To Single Houses In The Form Of Fantasy Earth Homes

The Earth House Estate is located in Dietikon, in Switzerland and it’s a dream-like setting like no other. It was designed by Vetsch Architektur and it offers an alternative to the traditional single house concept and allows the inhabitants to become closer with nature and to better integrate into the whole landscape.

This whole complex includes several houses, all built below the ground with earth covering their roofs. A small artificial lake sits at the center. The entrance is hidden to the side and difficult to notice, making the whole setting even more mysterious and alluring.

In total, there are nine houses here. Their interior spaces vary a lot, ranging from houses with three bedrooms to homes with seven bedrooms. They all have large living spaces facing south. The bedrooms are oriented to the north. This leaves the bathrooms, which are situated at the center and they’re illuminated by the sunlights coming through the rooftop windows. The houses also have basements and the stairs that offer access to them are also situated at the center of the houses.

The basements and the parking lot are built using conventional building techniques while the ground floor areas are constructed with the typical principle of sprayed concrete. The isolation for the houses consists of recycled glass which is eco-friendly.

To ensure an overall organic design, there are no straight lines and sharp edges. Everything is freeform and intentionally uneven and with a handmade allure.

Columns support the earth-covered roofs and form arches. Despite the design that takes you back to a time when everything was very different, the interior décor is surprisingly modern and familiar. Clean, simple and very chic, the houses fit all modern-day standards.

Published by in Design And Concept, on December 7th, 2009


9 Responses to “An Alternative To Single Houses In The Form Of Fantasy Earth Homes”

  • Brian says:

    Since the beginning, when man first walked the earth, underground homes have provided safety and security. It seems we have come full circle with the implementation of earth homes in today’s society. The ecological benefits are simply undeniable!

  • Frank Lee says:

    Does anyone know of any Underground homes that are not inspired or based on ‘California hippie plastiform’ or ‘Euro-brutal concrete monolith’ design? The idea of building an underground home appeals to me but I find the ‘I am an ARCHITECT!’ designs repugnant. Simple, vernacular, livable architecture anyone?

  • Rhealee says:

    How do I get a house plan to have one of these earth homes built??? I am planning to start building soon.

  • Stefan says:

    You should look at the site.


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