The house, which has only a facade, because the owners wanted to reduce heating costs

The house is without a reverse side.

A glimpse of the facade of this house reveals nothing special. Plain brickwork, windows, balcony. But it is enough to turn a little around the corner, and the jaw drops from bewilderment. Instead of walls, only a huge earthen embankment can be seen behind the house.
Formworks Buildings Inc. Eco-Friendly Architectural Project

This unusual building was designed in 2006 in the city of Clinton (Maryland, USA) by Formworks Buildings Inc., which specializes in the construction of environmentally friendly houses, partially or completely hidden under a layer of land. This energy-efficient mansion can withstand almost any weather. From above it is covered with a meter layer of earth, and on the sides the layer thickness reaches 7.5 meters, which provides excellent insulation.
"Earth" eco-house. Living room.
"Earth" eco-house. Electric fireplace.

On a living area of ​​300 square meters there are three bedrooms, a living room, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and utility rooms. On the side is a garage for two cars.
"Earth" eco-house. Kitchen.
"Earth" eco-house. Bathroom.
"Earth" eco-house. Bathroom.

The owners call the lack of natural lighting the only drawback of such a house, but such inconvenience is more than overlapped by the other advantages of an “earthen house”. The monthly payment for heating and other utilities is only $ 150, which is 90 percent less than the cost of the same services in other houses. Thanks to a comfortable microclimate, it is warm in a winter house and cool in the summer.
House with an earthen mound.
An earthen eco-house in Maryland, USA.


The idea of ​​living underground is not new. Modern architects quite often design eco-houses. These houses integrated in the earthen landscape, will surprise anyone.

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