Bordered on all sides (except the street) by three impenetrable walls, it is hard to imagine how one could get enough light and air into such an enclosed space.
Like the surrounding Alps, this house feels timeless and rugged, overwhelming yet peaceful – a fitting retreat from urban life in the small sprawling city of Locarno below.
Imagine living in a cylindrical space that traced the path of the sun, giving you maximum access to daylight and using the extra energy from targeted solar panels to power the movements of your home as well as your lights, appliances and everything else.
Underground homes tend to conjure mental images of hobbit holes and otherwise rounded, earthen residences. This extremely modern house by KWK Promes defies popular conventions and, despite its organic green roof, is constructed of clean lines and clear shapes. Viewed from above or around, the house blends wonderfully into the landscape – even the gentle curves and straight lines seem to work with the horizon and trees in the distance.
Yesterday’s steel bars are todays bamboo poles. Blinds and shades may add privacy, but do little to secure a property.
I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly.
You should have no trouble seeing the forest through the trees while standing anywhere inside or outside this stunning home.
Young at heart won’t quite cut it in this case – you have to be physically fit to scale the steep options available for getting to the top floor of this gymnastic house.