Dutch architecture studio WillemsenU has unveiled The House Under the Ground, a unique home designed to blend seamlessly with its rural surroundings in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The house is partially buried underground to enhance its natural beauty and act as a retreat for its owners. The design provides privacy, with the sleeping spaces located six meters below ground and the protruding living spaces covered by a hill adorned with wildflowers. The house sits within a former goat shed in a meadow adjacent to a protected nature reserve and features an arched above-ground structure made of concrete and clad with vertical timber boards. The use of wood is inspired by vernacular materials commonly found in sheds and barns in the area. The entrance to the house is marked by a path lined with wildflowers, leading to a Corten steel-clad corridor that cuts into the hillside. A large pivot door opens into a spacious dining room and kitchen with panoramic views of the surrounding valley. The home is centered around a glass platform lift housed in a central void, ensuring wheelchair accessibility and allowing natural light to reach the underground rooms. The underground level features a living room and terrace surrounded by wildflowers, while the floor below houses the main bedroom. Internally, the home is characterized by smooth concrete walls, floors, and ceilings, with the use of light and translucent materials to allow daylight to penetrate the lower level. The house’s partial placement underground also helps achieve high energy performance, with heat extracted from the earth to warm the interior spaces using a heat pump. This design also maximizes thermal mass and ensures a consistent internal environment that remains cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The House Under the Ground has been longlisted in the rural house category of this year’s Dezeen Awards.
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