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November 10 2013

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… Dan Phillips created The Phoenix Commotion in Huntsville, Texas as a way of proving that recycled and salvaged materials are a viable option in the construction industry. The homes they construct are impressive, especially considering the labor is provided almost exclusively by unskilled laborers and volunteers, but more impressive are the design principles and their relation to human psychology. It wasn’t until about half-way through the TED talk that I realized Dan Phillips had a remarkable perspective on building homes. …

   Via The Phoenix Commotion | The VanSickle Chronicles

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Cape May Victorian House

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In The Lord Of The Rings, the Hobbits live in the Shire in their distinctive dwellings known as Hobbit Holes. They’re really just homes built into hillsides, with banked earth sitting atop the basic structures. While the Hobbits are fictional creatures, their homes are not, as people have been taking up residence in similar dwellings for many years. And the idea has now taken a firm hold with those interested in working with, rather than against the environment. In other words Hobbit Holes are real and, on this occasion at least, the Shire can be found in Switzerland.

The Swiss version of the Shire is the Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse located in Dietikon, Switzerland, which is where all of the exterior images in the article gallery are from. The company responsible for the Earth Houses, Vetsch Architektur, has built dozens more similar homes across the country, which is where the interior images are sourced from.

The Earth Houses are so called because they’re designed to reside within their environment, blending into the natural contours of the land rather than merely set down on top of it. They’re also covered with clumps of earth, which makes a lot of sense in terms of insulation, though such a design will clearly not fit in with everybody’s aesthetic sensibilities. …

   Via Switzerland’s Earth Houses resemble real-life Hobbit Holes

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If you’ve ever wanted to live inside a home that is blanketed by the earth, look no further than Switzerland-based architect Peter Vetsch’s Earth Houses. Vetsch Architektur, the Zurich-based architectural firm led by Vetsch, has constructed dozens of these energy saving eco-houses all across their native land. They promise a nature-friendly lifestyle in a very organic living space that reminds us of Simon Dale’s hobbit house.

Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse is located in Dietikon, Switzerland. The viridescent mounds of earth have the homes tucked in beneath them, keeping them almost hidden. It’s like stumbling upon a secret underground society that has balanced the best of modern design and energy-efficient living. They appear like cozy huts to live in but are actually quite spacious inside. The estate includes 9 separate homes, featuring three 3 bedroom, a 4 bedroom, a 5 bedroom, three 6 bedroom and a 7 bedroom house. There is even an artificial lake in the center, a subterranean parking lot, and room to grow vegetation on the property.

Being that the homes are protected by a layer of earth, they have natural insulation during the winter that allows them to use only a third of the energy a normal home would consume. The houses also boast cool temperatures during the summer, making air conditioners and other forms of temperature modification devices unnecessary. Vetsch also prides himself on the natural integration of the homes without having to add or remove any extra land or compromise the integrity of the natural landscape. He says that they are “not putting a box on top of nature but making the architecture subordinate to nature, integrated.”

   Via Real Hidden Earth House Oasis in Switzerland - My Modern Metropolis

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Earth house estate Lättenstrasse in Dietikon (Switzerland) designed by Peter Vetsch

   Via Real Hidden Earth House Oasis in Switzerland - My Modern Metropolis

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Earth house estate Lättenstrasse in Dietikon (Switzerland) designed by Peter Vetsch

   Via Real Hidden Earth House Oasis in Switzerland - My Modern Metropolis

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Earth house estate Lättenstrasse in Dietikon (Switzerland) designed by Peter Vetsch

   Via Real Hidden Earth House Oasis in Switzerland - My Modern Metropolis

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Residential Earth House Schweizer
Architect: Peter Vetsch
Location: Flurlingen, Switzerland
Size of lot : 950 m2
Living space : 240 m2
Cubature: 1400 m3

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Residential House Schweizer
Location: Flurlingen, Switzerland

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Interior of Residential House Schweizer
Location: Flurlingen, Switzerland

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Interior of Residential House Schweizer
Location: Flurlingen, Switzerland

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This earthhouse is situated on a slope, surrounded by groves with apple trees. Big round windows give a view to the south. Interior and exterior rooms are defined by harmonic curved forms.

The centre of the house is formed by a roofed patio with a reed pond, which has natural overhead lighting.

The earthhouse is built with his backside into the slope and is on three sides open. The planted earth layer on the roof, about 1m thick, gives an excellent insulation, which is intensified by a layer of polyurethane foam. The exterior walls and the walls against earth are insulated with polyurethane foam too.

   Via Vetsch Architektur

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Interior of Residential Earth House Walter-Andreas Müller
Location: Madetswil, Switzerland
Architect: Peter Vetsch

   Via Vetsch Architektur

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Interior of Residential Earth House Walter-Andreas Müller
Location: Madetswil, Switzerland
Architect: Peter Vetsch

   Via Vetsch Architektur

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