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Have you ever thought how it would be like to live in a bunker or an underground tunnel? Well, today we bring you the upgraded version of that, which is an all-equipped underground home. Situated in the Swiss village of Vals, deep in the mountains, the house is very hard to spot, which makes for a perfect gateway. The unusual architecture plan comes from SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects, and includes all the facilities a common house has, such as a guest room, an entertainment area, but also “specialized” interiors like an underground pathway. The entrance is a wide oval opening that you are driven to by some traditional stairs made in stone. Large windows make it noticeable and draw attention to the inside décors- that is when the people living there are up for some company.

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  1. Nicola said:
    December 5, 2009

    This truly is a marvelous example of contemporary architecture.

  2. Justin said:
    December 6, 2009

    So weird! I wonder if it is more energy efficient than a similar house.

  3. Angela said:
    December 6, 2009

    This house is astounding. All of the details of the interior and exterior really make this an exciting piece of architecture.

  4. December 6, 2009

    Absolutely stunning images and great interior designs, thanks for sharing.

  5. Jose Domingues said:
    December 7, 2009

    I think it is a very interesting concept still it is an architect’s house, not one you would like to live in every day. It simply isn’t practical. I.e. the stairs to the basement, it has no protection. If you have kids they could fall down and get hurt, if you are old you don’t have anything to hold on to, you wouldn’t be able to go up or down the stairs. In addition since the house has a lot of floors it is not practical to live in, having to go up and down all day long. Another example are the two beds, one above the other. How do you climb to the upper bed? There are no stairs in the picture. It looks nice, but is it practical? You can find a lot more similar issues. Still, congratulations for the concept. I would build the house in another neighborhood though, it seems a bit weird within the remaining houses.

  6. tiansworld said:
    December 8, 2009

    it’s so incredible,
    the design concept is so excellent.
    Full of daylight, big window!
    I wish I could live in such a nice house some day!

  7. Adeline said:
    December 8, 2009

    i like this house. it’s so unusual. It’s splendid!!!

  8. mark165 said:
    December 8, 2009

    its damn hard make a decision to invest money in something like that … you know. … all money you will ever make in youre live, everything into THIS instead of big classic house …

  9. Repititititive said:
    December 8, 2009

    Like the concept, but they made some horrid design choices: the satellite dishes, the stoneplate stair, the cardboard(?) church ceiling, the clothes hanger above the bathtub. Also, right underneath the bathroom pic, where does that wooden roof come from?

  10. Kxwy said:
    December 9, 2009

    I’d like to build my own Hobbit-hole one day. To see one in real life, through these pictures shown, is simply awesome.

  11. Erica said:
    December 9, 2009

    In addition to Jose Domingues’s comment,
    what about water run-off..
    I know here in Appalachia, U.S. on hillsides you have to worry about natural springs a lot when building..
    wouldn’t rain pour off the hillside onto the porch and, eventually, flood the house?

  12. Ashley said:
    December 9, 2009

    really earthy interior n exterior design, absolutely stunning. cant pull my eyes away it must have took a freaking number of calculations for this to stand so magnificently..!

  13. louis williams said:
    December 9, 2009

    I have always thought, living underground would become a normal means of survival in the future. Great house!

  14. KHALID said:
    December 9, 2009

    how to built this i like to have the same

  15. meg said:
    December 9, 2009

    This is a truly magnificent design!! Eco-friendly and stylish…. How many millions did it cost?

  16. John Koy said:
    December 10, 2009

    What happens after a heavy rain?
    I don’t see any protection against the slightest flood to come from higher ground.

  17. raking said:
    December 10, 2009

    it is awsome buliding but what about when it snows or rains? does it work out on certain weather condition?

  18. December 12, 2009

    Amazing design and concept. I wish that these kinds of houses were more widely available….

  19. December 14, 2009

    Awesome house design

  20. pulse said:
    December 15, 2009

    ooh,you lucky bastards.

  21. Litabit Magaling said:
    December 15, 2009

    Looks like the furnitures are from Ikea.

  22. JEballar said:
    December 18, 2009

    Aloha. Excellent design concept, nominal exterior maintenance, augmented by local culture. I can enjoy living in a residence a like this. Not clear is the life safety program considered i.e. exiting, fire/smoke issues, etc. Mahalo for sharing.12-18-09

  23. Layla said:
    January 3, 2010

    It reminded me of Matmata city in North Africa. Natural way to keep the house warm in winter and cold in summer.
    Not a new idea but very corageous to perform.

  24. no name said:
    January 13, 2010

    Is this healthy house!!!

  25. Nina said:
    January 13, 2010

    Oh my Gosh, the architecture is so incredibly awesome.

  26. davish said:
    January 14, 2010

    Great concept, although i have serious doubts in case of floods or heavy rains.

    Unless it has an excelent water drain system, it will flood faster than a bucket.

  27. Paola said:
    January 22, 2010

    I’d like to build my own Hobbit-hole one day. To see one in real life, through these pictures shown, is simply awesome.

  28. January 22, 2010

    I almost built an underground house once. Wish I would have. This is awesome!

  29. Bill said:
    January 22, 2010

    Raw concrete walls and ceilings kills it for me. Wood paneling would be much nicer.

  30. Nick said:
    January 22, 2010

    I generally dislike leaving negative coments but – What a heap of crap. Brushed concrete walls, underground. Who wants to live in that? A little rendering might make it a little less soleless.

  31. BMW said:
    January 23, 2010

    wow , this is really great !Recently my friend recommand me a cool place where i can meet some rich and famous people
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  32. Xedule said:
    January 23, 2010

    that’s pretty cool – this would be a great place for anyone who doesn’t have family baggage :)

  33. david wayne osedach said:
    January 23, 2010

    Very well done! I lived in Montreux, Switzerland for a year. But nothing compared to this!

  34. Nick said:
    January 23, 2010

    Looks like there may be more than one ‘building’ in the design. Very nice pictures and space, but a floorplan would be very helpful to better understand spacial relationships (though I know they are not always available)

    Also, if some random person on the internet can think of potential problems, don’t you think trained architects, engineers and builders would catch them and provide a workaround or alternate design? If I were building this as my own home, I know I would be concerned as well. And I wouldn’t let any construction start until there were very clear and practical plans to deal with any obvious issues (and would trust the professionals to deal with the not so obvious issues).

  35. January 23, 2010

    I love the idea of an underground house. I don’t like the unfinished concrete in this one though. I’m sure the house is high enough in the mountains that water drainage isn’t a problem
    Enjoy.

  36. Medisoft said:
    January 23, 2010

    This was incredible! Thanks for sharing pics of this home!

  37. Fin said:
    January 23, 2010

    The bare concrete looks very falloutish.. Nice.
    But the rest of it looks, like it was designed by a group of renegade queers…

    I also wonder, if that half egg front yard would turn in to a swimmingpool, if it rained too much..

  38. monkeynote said:
    January 23, 2010

    the concept is nice but im worried about landslide… you’ll be buried alive :-o

  39. pony said:
    January 23, 2010

    can you built swiming poll from the family but when it rain its bad !!

  40. Peter said:
    January 23, 2010

    I’m familiar to this house
    the TeleTubbies live there
    Tinky Winky. LaLa. Po and Dipsey

  41. Rare Retreats said:
    January 25, 2010

    I think what they’ve achieved for a ‘hole-in-the ground’ is incredibly beautiful, despite the grey walls.

  42. January 26, 2010

    Courageous, innovative, inspiring. So unusual to have multiple story underground rather than the usual one story, and the resulting dialog between the interior and exterior of the single vertical facade is dynamic. Thank you for the effort and the extensive documentation. Appears to be very accommodating for underground life.

  43. Let's See said:
    January 28, 2010

    Really amazing pictures. I would like to spend a weekend in a house like this.

  44. Paul said:
    January 30, 2010

    I think the concept is awesome, there are definitely features of this place that I would adopt.

  45. February 2, 2010

    Those pictures are so mouth watering.

  46. galiaivanova said:
    February 8, 2010

    Very good article. Fantastic article. Thanks for sharing

  47. SerrinE said:
    February 8, 2010

    I am truky speechless….
    Breathtaking.Perfect.Future.

    ilovemyhusband<3

  48. Jon said:
    February 9, 2010

    It’s certainly very different, even from existing Underground / Earth Sheltered houses, on my Yahoo Group we have a VERY large collection of Photos and Links to Underground / ES houses, etc. if some of you are interested?
    Yours Jon.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UndergroundHouse/

  49. Cristian said:
    February 9, 2010

    frumoasa casa.felictari arhitectului

  50. herbal supplements for erectile dysfunction said:
    March 29, 2010

    Interesting and informative. But will you write about this one more?

  51. david wayne osedach said:
    March 30, 2010

    Whee are the keys? I’ll move in tomorrow!

  52. Saud Alsharji said:
    September 30, 2010

    It’s new idea and bravo to the architect who design the house, but what is behind this idea, I mean to live under the ground?

  53. September 30, 2010

    cool designing and concepts

  54. Jon said:
    October 1, 2010

    The major advantage of an Underground (Earth Sheltered) house is it’s efficiency – it costs considerably less to heat and cool; it is actually possible to simply design an underground house that heats and cools itself throughout the entire year without any electricity!
    I suspect the low visibility design also helped it get past the local Planning Laws?
    Jon.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UndergroundHouse/

  55. mariabeads said:
    November 6, 2010

    wow it’s wonderful. integration modern design and natural

  56. November 9, 2010

    I understand the uniqueness and creativity but all of that concrete is too much for my liking. It would be like living in a bomb shelter.

  57. December 9, 2010

    Great house but you still live like a gopher

  58. sherry said:
    December 24, 2010

    all of design fantastic please send me this design home for my facebook , mehrangiz azizpour, thanks

  59. Ecodesign said:
    January 15, 2011

    GooD! GooD! Awesome architecture.

  60. January 17, 2011

    That is quite incredible! I’d get one built tomorrow, wlthough it looks pretty pricy :(

  61. Best Entry Level DSL said:
    February 5, 2011

    I wonder how many blokes with a few too many pints in them almost ended up in that whole! Really unique idea and super modern interior. Very nice!

  62. kaitlyn short said:
    February 28, 2011

    this house is so pretty

  63. Petra said:
    May 10, 2011

    Whom do I have to kill to live there?

  64. June 25, 2013

    Enlightening piece, precisely what I was looking for.

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