Amazing underground house in a hill (24 Photos)

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house hill lead Amazing underground house in a hill (24 Photos)

This underground concrete home is the brainchild of SeArch and Christian Müller Architects. Located in Vals, Switzerland there are a myriad of famous thermal baths with amazing views nearby so in order to build close to the baths, the architects buried the house into the hill. The house has an oblique opening to allow the maximum amount of light to enter the home. In the designer’s own words,
“The introduction of a central patio into the steep incline creates a large façade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving an even more dramatic view of the strikingly beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.”
Photos taken by the great Iwan Baan.

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  • HellHathNoFury

    is that corrugated cardboard as vaulting support? Not a *totally* bad idea since it’s impossible to crush endways. I’m all about being post-modern, but isn’t the gray county-jail style interior doing away with alot of the ‘natural light’ they designed the house for? those rock-slab steps are pretty neat, though.

    • Nick4444

      Yeah, but imaging what would happen if they somehow had a leak or someone split some water on it. The whole place would collapse.

      • HellHathNoFury

        Duh, didn’t think of that! Especially since they live in an area with evergreens, which means lots of rain. Hm.

  • Anonymous

    HHNF, nobody gives a shit

    • HellHathNoFury

      Oooh, let me run off and put on a bunch of black eyeliner and cry in a corner now. The internet man doesn’t looove me, boohoo

      • sock puppet

        Fury just owned you, Anonymous. Loser.

  • Anonymous

    roof was a tad low for but overall I’m glad they tried to do something different then all their neighbors’ houses. Now all they need is a moat and some death rays and they have a total bond villain hideout.

  • Argentina

    that house is so cool. I’ll bet it’s pretty temperature controlled as well

  • just some dude

    I bet keeping the water out is a pain in the ass

  • ahha

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think HHNF is actually Xclusive02 (or whatever the hell his name was). Oddly similar how they both feel the need to make pointless comments about every post and seem to be on this site. I also have noticed that Xclusive02 is now absent and we have HHNF around all the time. Maybe Xclusive02 figured out that people wouldn’t be a mean to a pretty girl? I wonder. HHNF comments?

    • ahha

      meant to say… “seem to be on this site constantly.”

    • HellHathNoFury

      I’m HHNF on every site I’m on, love. failblog, Ruminations has 8 pages on me, and every other site I visit. I had a myspeace and facebook, but the local ‘hey i know you’ got quite creepy, and I had my pwn blog for quite awhile, haven’t posted in ages. I have the same avatar for both email addresses, so it would be faily difficult to impersonate someone. And as I’ve said, if I were to impersonate someone, it would be someone hotter and with better pics, ha! i can’t see a reason to be anyone else, and the only people who lie about who they are are ashamed of the truth. I’m on here constantly becaise it’s one of very few sites that aren’t blocked at work. And it=the win.

      • ahha

        HHNF – My most sincere apologies. I did not think that you were the impersonator but that someone was using your avatar to avoid being heckled as he very certainly deserved it. Again, sorry.

        As for One Sick Puppy, What the hell is wrong with you that you think someone who says something you don’t like must be gay and lonely in life? I guess you think calling someone gay is some sort of insult? I do have plenty of construct”ive” things to do in my life and one of them is to keep myself entertained. By the way, being a tough guy in a chat room does not make you tough and certainly is not going to get HHNF to have sex with you. Step away from the keyboard, ask mom to borrow the car, and drive yourself to a therapist.

    • One Sick Puppy

      Who the hell cares anyway?? Maybe you have a little too much time on your hands to be worrying about who is or isn’t who they say they are. Surely, you have more constructing things to do…..After checking out the chive pics, maybe you could jump on over to your favorite gay porn site and spend some quality time masturbating to big muscle guys, and trying to come up with an idea as to why you are so lonely in your life, that you have nothing better to do than figure out who’s who on some picture blog site. Leave the poor girl alone.

  • Matt

    everything but the entrance looks really bland. inside it looks like a really boring house.

  • Anonymous

    great, just wait till theres a flood or a earthquake

    • Bobert

      a flood in the swiss alps?

      • jackTripper


  • iLM

    ….OMG… this is like the Teletubbies HOUSE XD

  • blurf

    Too much nasty gray concrete…it’d be like living in a parking garage. Fargly!

  • kp

    A little claustrophobic for my tastes…….there’s something to be said about rooms with windows…especially if there’s a gorgeous view of the ocean! :-)

  • Anonymous

    the underground house is made of reinforced concrete,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, earthquake and flood safe,,,,,,,

  • Anonymous

    Nice view until the new neighbors put up their 3+ storey “single” family home.

  • Anonymous

    The house is pretty interesting. Nothing that I would ever live in, but something to look at. The only thing that killed it was the surrounding homes. At first, I just assumed they had a lot of property and there weren’t homes around it. Also, I’m sure the architects had added proper draining when they designed the house……unless they missed that day of architect school.

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  • psara

    Yes pls

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  • C

    I agree, too gray. As far as water, big deal it’s called a sump pump, they’ve been around for years.

  • doo dah doo doo

    all that monies spent on architects and engineers… no monies left for some drywall or wood paneling?

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  • Equalizer

    I wish my apartment looks like this.

  • mmmn

    reminds me of the house luke skywalker lived in.

  • Maynard B

    I got a friend with a house that's half underground. Never had any problems with water seepage, and it's thermally stable. He can keep the place at 65 degrees F and his heating/cooling costs are about a quarter of mine.

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