Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse

Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse

Earth houses is a project designed by Peter Vetsch and are based on the interpretation of an environmentally conscious, ecological and progressive architecture. The pictures from this post are with a house named Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse, that is located in Dietikon, Switzerland. Compared to traditional residential houses built on the ground, the aim of building an earth house is another: Not to live under or in the ground, but with it. The earth-house concept uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from rain, low temperatures, wind and natural abrasion. An earth house does not have to be built under the ground, it can be placed onto naturally grown terrain.

The earth house is a flexible construction which can be built according to the wishes of its owners, fulfilling the need for individuality, environmentally friendly construction and energy saving. They stand out due to their closeness to nature and allow an experience beyond the usual four walls and their right angles. The earth house concept uses its surroundings as an advantage – the surroundings are not adapted to the building, the house is shaped in order to preserve the natural environment.

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25 comments

  • Jonathan Peel June 24, 2008 at 11:49 AMLogin to Reply →

    This is always how I imagined the Shire to look.

  • me June 24, 2008 at 11:52 AMLogin to Reply →

    Like, people. I would not even start to think how much the flood insurance is boing to cost here
    Seriously!

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  • Jennae @ Green Your Decor July 11, 2008 at 13:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    I never thought about flooding, but that’s a good point. Are the photos of actual homes that have already been built, or of conceptual renderings?

  • MangoWrapJoe July 17, 2008 at 14:13 PMLogin to Reply →

    think of the heating and cooling savings!! ahahahahah i love mother earth!

  • Ana July 25, 2008 at 16:26 PMLogin to Reply →

    teletubbies land :D

  • ben switzerland August 1, 2008 at 23:45 PMLogin to Reply →

    yes, they are actually built. look at the newest projects on http://www.vetsch.ch
    flooding is no problem, they have windows in the roof.

  • MEEP October 14, 2008 at 03:32 AMLogin to Reply →

    i agree with me

  • G Velli January 26, 2009 at 06:14 AMLogin to Reply →

    These are really great designs, my parents have been
    considering building an underground house
    and this has really inspired them with new ideas.

  • Greg Beddor February 1, 2009 at 17:09 PMLogin to Reply →

    They look cool but very susceptible to flooding.

  • Atalla Wanderer February 18, 2009 at 18:44 PMLogin to Reply →

    How about you put a drain in the lowest part of the house that can be connected to a pipe that runs out the back of the hill to a slightly lower spot; that way, if flooding did occur the house would drain itself. Eh?

  • Cristina March 27, 2009 at 17:06 PMLogin to Reply →

    Ok, “me” flood insurance will not be an issue. The development is on a hill and though there is plenty of moisture in Switzerland, even there the water runs down hill. I lived there and know what I am talking about. It is all in the placement of drainage in the sunken courtyards. Not an impossibile thing to do right on a hill.

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    I LOVE HOBBITS!!!!

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  • andy August 23, 2009 at 17:44 PMLogin to Reply →

    great house really………..

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  • miphz December 1, 2009 at 15:59 PMLogin to Reply →

    i wanna see the interior…..

  • Violet January 26, 2010 at 07:21 AMLogin to Reply →

    I agree with miphz, let’s see some interiors!

  • maykel May 4, 2010 at 13:21 PMLogin to Reply →

    i love you site please picture more picture difrent green architecture.by

  • micheal May 2, 2011 at 15:38 PMLogin to Reply →

    it looks like chinese tomb.

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