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Fascinating Underground Homes. Outside In: Ultimate Underground Swiss Mountain Home. Cavernous but wide open, dark and heavy but bright and spacious, this incredible underound house is the ultimate expression of architectural opposites fused into a single spectacular earthen living structure buried in the mountainous ground of the Swiss Alps.

Outside In: Ultimate Underground Swiss Mountain Home

Rather than wrapping outward around the home, the exterior facade circles inward and faces an oval forecourt – a curved impression in the ground like the absent space left behind by a mysterious giant egg. From within, this odd opening frames amazing views of the surrounding green hills and distant white mountains as well as providing a sense of enclosure and security for residents within the home and front courtyard area – a one-sided yet stunning view as opposed to the normal full-surround sights normally expected of a mountain home. Constructed of stone and concrete, the house feels solid and safe inside and out – yet manages to have copious openings to allow natural light to flow effortlessly into every interior space.

Containerbay. There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures.


These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books. Selected projects utilizing shipping containers. Info credits: Zack Smith, Kevin Tze King Ho.

Back to top of page Useful linksIf you have any relevant links let us know Container Sources Shipping containers are widely available - here are just a few of the many sources: Technical Resources Books. Momo Prefab. Design Art Cartoons Cars About Follow RSS Advertise Search Momo Prefab - /by @42concepts .

Momo Prefab

Written by Thomas Baekdal | Tuesday, October 23, 2007 The Swedish architectural company Grasshopper has created this beautiful and stylistic prefab. Each module can be put together using 13 different window/exterior walls (of solid wood) and 5 different interior walls. To spice it up you can add the huge "sail" to create an outside roof for your terrace. Each module is around $25,000. 3D shots Sample configurations (via TreeHugger) Follow: 42Concepts Brilliant Censorship Towel » The Eatable Cookbook » The Secret Forest Cabin, HemLoft » Indy Bag for iPad » Containerbay. Decked Out: Wood Patio + Above-Ground Swimming Pool. Building an above-ground pool is not the most intuitive choice when designing a home – after all, you can save space rather than displace it by burying the pool underground.

Decked Out: Wood Patio + Above-Ground Swimming Pool

In this case, though, the exception turns out to be much cooler than the rule. This backyard pool-plus-patio combination manages to define the space next to it, while also creating an elevated deck platform aside from the sunken green garden to which it is adjacent. Moreover, for a family with small children it provides multiple views down to the pool level and into the deep end for the sake of safety. A set of wooden benches in the lower garden area reprise the dark-stained wood decking of the pool area, while an overhung part of the house hovers over and connects the main structure with the pool (while also providing shade). All in all, this house by? The Verge.

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