Inhabitants of these earth homes in Dietikon, Switzerland are said to live not under the earth but with the earth. Designed by Swiss architects Vetsch Architektur, the homes are constructed on the ground from various natural and recycled building materials and then blanketed by grass for amazing protection from rain, low temperatures, wind and abrasion.
Consisting of nine distinct homes of varying sizes, the homes are clustered around a lake and situated towards the south to maximize daylighting. Natural light is brought in via skylights whenever possible.
The compound, which includes an underground parking lot, was built using conventional methods that include recycled glass and sprayed concrete, and then topped with a flowing, protective green roof.
Lot Size: 4,000 square meters or ~ 1 acre
Living Space: 646 square feet to 2152 square feet per home
(Images by Erd Haus)