Sep 26, 2008

Earth House.

Here we have Earth House Estate L├Ąttenstrasse located in Dietikon, Switzerland designed by Swiss architect Vetsch Architektur. The main intention of building an earth house is not as a comparison to traditional residential houses built on the ground but: 'Not to live under or in the ground, but with it.' Though these look like a modern design of hobbit house, but these incorporate the latest interior furnishings, such as contemporary kitchens, bathrooms and house-control systems. These modern earth-houses are quite flexible constructions which can be built according to the wishes of its owners, fulfilling the requirement for individuality and energy saving.

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Earth House (5) 5'The residential settlement consists of nine houses, three 3 bedroom, a 4 bedroom, a 5 bedroom, three 6 bedroom and a 7 bedroom house. The daytime areas are situated towards the south, the nighttime area towards the north. In the middle, you find the bathrooms and the connecting stairs to the basement. All the bathrooms get natural light through rooftop windows. Situated on both lateral sides of the houses are outdoor living spaces divided through the remaining of the rising of the building. The basement, as well as the parking lot is built with conventional techniques, not so the ground floor, which is constructed with the typical earthhome construction principle of sprayed concrete. The isolation consists of recycled glass. The water protection is added directly on the sprayed concrete. On top of the isolation is a protective layer with natural earth, which can be used to grow grass or plants on the rooftop.'

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