Design in Weird Places: Earthen Abodes - Design Bureau

Earth House

The house uses a geothermal cooling system with a radiant heating system under the rammed clay and concrete floor

The house has a small kitchen, a study, two resting rooms, and a bathroom with a wooden tub and toilet. Every room opens directly to the earth-filled courtyard.

Pachacamac House

Longhi Architects explains: “The response to the site was to bury the house inside the hill, trying to create a balanced dialogue between architecture and landscape.”

Design in Weird Places: Earthen Abodes

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Earth House

Location: Jipyeong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Architect: Byoungsoo Cho

You can take the name of Earth House literally.  The six-room home isn’t just buried underground; it’s actually made of soil excavated from the site. Rammed-earth walls divide the home’s interior spaces, and since they’re made of a white concrete/lime mixture, they will degrade as the house ages, giving Earth House a limited lifespan. In fact, BCHO designed the whole site to decay. Talk about an extreme take on sustainability.  

Pachacamac House

Location: Pachacamac, Lima, Peru
Architect: Longhi Architects
Photos courtesy: Elsa Ramirez, Juan Solano, Cholon Photography

Located south of Lima, near the Peruvian coast, the Pachacamac House disappears into the landscape, save for a prominent glass tower on what would be the ground floor. Two of the three levels are buried in the ground in an attempt to create a “strong sense of protection and appreciation of the dark and the light.” No surprise that such a thoughtful home belongs to two retired philosophers. 

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