Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse is a marvelous estate project located in Dietikon, Switzerland. The project was designed by Peter Vetsch and is composed by nine separate residences gathered around an artificial lake.
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Many people compare the complex with the Hobbits houses from The Lord Of The Rings. Indeed, the architecture and the natural fusion with the nature is like a fairy tale image. Fortunately, it is a really tangible one.
Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse is shaped in order to preserve the natural environment. The complex is isolated from the noise of the city and offers quite an intimate interaction with the little community around the lake. The intimacy is strengthened by the hidden position of the entrance at the side of the settlement. The entrance is also the way to a subterranean parking lot.
Earth houses are ecological and security-related. The unique architecture concept it is based on natural insulation. That means it was avoided removing or bringing in any earth, but integrate the house in the environment and just cover it with earth. Thanks to this, during the summer the interior of the house is cool with no need of air conditioning. During the winter it is warm by using only a third of the energy normal houses need.
Another benefit of an earth houses is the durability against natural abrasion and severe windstorms.
Although by exterior the houses looks very tiny, in reality each of it covers between 60 meters squared and 200 meters squared and are composed by different number of rooms. Three houses are have 3 rooms, one has 4 rooms, another one has 5, three have 6 rooms and the last one has 7 rooms.
By interior the houses are divided through daytime areas, which are situated towards the south, and nighttime area in opposite side. On both lateral sides there are outdoor living spaces and the bathrooms and the connecting stairs to the basement are placed in the middle. A very interesting thing at the bathrooms is that it gets natural light through rooftop windows.
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On top of the isolation there is a protective layer with natural earth. This allows the owners to grow grass or plants on the rooftop.
Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse is a wonderful complex that offers everything one can wish: intimacy, comfort, reliability, security. What do you think about the earth-house concept? Would you like to live in one?