naturetamed:

Tungkwan, China

One of the most radical solutions in the field of shelter is represented by the underground towns and villages in the Chinese loess belts. Loess is silt, transported and deposited by the wind. Because of its great softness and high porosity, it can be easily carved. In places, roads have been cut as much as 40 feet deep into the original level by the action of wheels. In the provinces of Honnan, Shansi, Shensi, and Kansu about ten million people live in dwellings hollowed out from loess.

The dark squares in the flat landscape are pits an eighth of an acre in area, or about the size of a tennis court. Their vertical sides are 25 to 30 feet high. L-shaped staircases lead to the apartments below who rooms are about 30 feet deep and 15 feet wide, and measure about 15 feet to the top of the vaulted ceiling. They are lighted and aired by openings that give onto the courtyard.

From the top one can only see small trees placed carefully above each staircase that leads downward. The tree acts as the official sign of the house, so you don’t describe your house to visitors or give a house number but tell them about your tree.

Architecture Without Architects // Bernard Rudofsky

posted on 14.09.16

permatech:

Pit Dwellings of Henan Provence, China. 
Source: Gideon Golany; ”Chinese Earth-Sheltered Dwellings: Indigenous Lessons for Modern Urban Design”

permatech:

Pit Dwellings of Henan Provence, China. 

Source: Gideon Golany; Chinese Earth-Sheltered Dwellings: Indigenous Lessons for Modern Urban Design”

posted on 14.09.09

saturnranch:

Summer home in Icelan by ASK Arkitektar.

posted on 14.08.26

subtilitas:

Adamo-Faiden - 3260 apartment building, Buenos Aires 2011. Photos (C) Cristobal Palma

posted on 14.08.22

thoughtsfromablankface:

Source: designboom.com

(Source: interdisciplinaryurbanism)

posted on 14.06.19

saturnranch:

Summer home in Iceland by ASK Arkitektar.

posted on 14.05.03

Milroy Perera Associates have recently unveiled their plans for Clearpoint Tower in Sri Lanka. When completed, the luscious 46-story building will be the world’s tallest residential vertical garden. But it’s not just about looks; designed with the help of Mäga Engineering, the building focuses on sustainable initiatives, using the exterior vegetation to minimize solar heat gain and provide a sound buffer. As a result, the need for air conditioning is reduced, with extra energy provided by rooftop solar panels. Lastly, the need for water is satisfied via an efficient automated drip irrigation system.”

-http://architizer.com/blog/oh-the-places-we-will-grow/

posted on 14.03.19

designed-for-life:

The Cubes at Cove Park P>

This artists community on the west coast of Scotland divided this shipping container into three “cubes,” each functioning as an individual artist retreat suite.The green roof and other natural features help tie the recycled container into the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

designed-for-life:

The Cubes at Cove Park P>

This artists community on the west coast of Scotland divided this shipping container into three “cubes,” each functioning as an individual artist retreat suite.The green roof and other natural features help tie the recycled container into the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

(Source: designed-for-life)

posted on 14.02.09

aphelia:

untitled by stella✶ on Flickr.

aphelia:

untitled by stella✶ on Flickr.

posted on 13.12.31

subtilitas:

AL1 Architektinnen - Low energy housing, Wienerwald 2012. Via, photos (C) Clemens Franke.

posted on 13.11.08

posted on 13.10.31

conceptlandscape:

DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

conceptlandscape:

DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

posted on 13.08.18

cabbagerose:

via: brownwilliamart

posted on 13.07.12

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