Podgorny house: A home built inside a hill (16 Photos)

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The “Podgorny house” is located in Vals, Switzerland. It is a post modern/bunker like house built into a substantial hill (I know, like the hobbits). I don’t know it’s kind of amazing. Your thoughts?

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  • Mark

    Why? Just why?

    • b-ry

      people have too much money.

      • rRamo

        Apparently not enough to put some god damn paint on the walls.

    • _GTO_

      highly efficient, low environmental impact, stylish, one-of-a-kind, awesome

      • nnn

        low environmental impact? They dug out a whole lot of environment

        • _GTO_

          what do you think the footprint of this home is compared to a traditional above-ground home? I would bet less than a 3rd.

          The cost of heating and cooling a home built underground is much less due to the temperature underground being relatively constant.

          How much paint does this house require on the exterior? 1/4

          Roofing? Zero

          Learning is fun.

          • nnn

            dude, nobody cares

            • humptus

              You just got pawned. Stfu now. ;)

            • MrRellim

              I do too!

            • Tankus

              You're minus 30 thumbs down says otherwise!

    • MacNCheesePro

      Because FUCK YOU that's why!!

  • zman

    looks cool but a bit cramped


    Bring on the Chivettes!!!!!!!!

  • SWG Fan

    Cool concept. Ranks up there with domesticating a retired missile silo.

    • northerner

      Thoughts exactly. Must be part groundhog or mole. Always wanted an underground house. Intrigued intensely a few years ago about a story of a Kansas family that bought a vacant missile sight and renovated it. It was 7000 total sq ft but they were only using about 4000 of it. Awesome concept. I'd have to figure out how to use the missile raising mechanisms to lower my vehicles to an underground garage. What a concept! Love it! Bring it on! Heating/AC costs NIL. No threat of tornados and hail.

    • hmm....

      i did not know those things were still roaming in the wild. thanks.

  • doodle cakes

    sloooow week

    • Coldzilla

      Ya know I honestly believe that the internet would be a better place if there were more unexpressed thoughts

      Just a thought

  • Spank the monkey

    Where are the Hobbits?

    • JAFitC

      In the Shire.

    • sebastianbleach

      you read in my mind

    • David Brumwell

      they've the hobbits to isengard….

  • b-ry

    enough is enough.. it's Friday. bring on the SC

    • Not

      13, 14 years old?

  • dpitty

    i want to go to there?

  • Nerfherder

    Cool, but a lot of concrete. Good luck to you if you ever wanted to hang a picture on the wall…..

    • 13ms13

      Raw concrete walls are very often used in modern architecture.

      • drew

        Yea no doubt…just not my cup of tea is all.

    • sureman123

      Velcro tap would probably get the job done.. then you could just move the stuff around on the walls endlessly!

    • http://www.myspace.com/theamericanmaniacs BentWrenches

      Ramset done

  • Easy E

    This place looks awesome! I would like to buy it, but I only have a couple hundred for the down payment

    • rlmnofjean-ious

      If this was in 'merica then you wouldn't even need a down payment!

      Hell, you could probably live there for 24 months without making a SINGLE payment, and then the bank would pay you to move out.

  • http://thechive.com/ mattythegooch

    And then the C.H.U.D.s show up…….

  • http://dbdesignco.com bisketz

    Pimpin an't easy.

  • nnn

    what the fuck is with the swiss and tunneling??

    • Chiefs420

      That a good fucking point.

    • http://www.affeslist.com Affe

      They have a lot of fucking mountains to tunnel into, and relatively little flat land to build on.

      Oh, and they want to cut the footprint down by 2/3. Learning IS fun!

  • italianbou

    in winter the snow buries the house

    • http://www.affeslist.com Affe

      Everything on top of it. In winter, snow buries everything that it falls on. A little maintenance with a broom and shovel is all that would be required, just like anywhere else.

  • Henry

    Why? You never have to worry about your roof leaking, or your basement flooding, or your foundation shifting, or shingles, paint, siding, etc.

    • JAFitC

      We've got friends with a home built into a hill. They have to run several dehumidifiers 24/7/52 to keep mold and mositure under control.

      • http://www.affeslist.com Affe

        I'd imagine an earthquake being the biggest concern. Cracks in the walls and foundation would be insanely expensive to fix.

  • http://jagassery.com/blog/ jaguar1024

    Angus Podgorny: Nay, but he ha gimme this. *holds up Wimbledon entry form*

    Mrs. Podgorny : Oh Angus! Ye know the Scots canna play tennis!

  • BC37

    I like it.

  • Brother Maynard

    Looks a bit small, but other than that very cool.

  • theothello43

    What happens when there's an avalanche?

    • Jeremy

      Instead of your house and you getting torn off the hillside, buried, and dead, you have X amount of breathable air to dig out and likely live.

  • top dog

    I could live there.

  • Anders

    Avalanche proof

  • Lupecal

    As I recall, this place was on the market a few years ago, briefly. They were having trouble making their balloon payment. Wanted something like $500k I think. I'd take it in a heartbeat if I had the money.

  • Matt

    I def read the title wrong at a glance : (

  • Joseph Moore

    Where's Bilbo?

  • CunningLinguist

    First off, one hobbit joke? Wow….

    Worrying about your carbon foot print is about necessary as armpit hair. It doesn’t matter what you do, the earth will fix itself. Your carbon foot print, even in combination with every other carbon foot print worrying fool on earth, is no comparison to a single volcanic eruption. A volcano can spew more green house gases in one day than the emitions(sp?) Of the entire human race, since its existance. So, I hope someone out there feels insignificant, and realizes their life spent eating tofu, drinking wheat grass and driving that silly looking hybrid, is all a sham

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