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    Default An underground home with an obelisk on top

    I like how they used the ancient practice of dirt mounds to create a modern privacy fence (the text says more about it). It's filled with death stairs, unfortunately, and I'd hate to fall through the gaping holes they have on every level. Add some guard rails, and it'd be better.



    Ultramodern Twist on Ancient Underground Home Tradition






    At first glance, this structure seems more like an ancient monument or work of abstract public art than a livable contemporary home. Once one realizes that it is, in fact, a dwelling space, it appears to be as ultramodern as they come. However, first glances and initial appearances can be deceiving: this deceptively megalithic design is in fact rooted in ancient traditions of Japanese home building.

    Nearly 2,000 years ago, pit houses in Japan were constructed by first excavating a few feet of soil and then setting a steep-angled roof above the underground living area. The resulting carved-out abode looked – at least in terms of its abstracted geometries – much like this unusual black pyramid by Suppose Design.

    Set in modern materials like metal and glass and constructed in a sleepy small Japanese town, these same design guidelines result in something extraordinary – at once apart from its surroundings but also a subtle visual reference to the mountains in the distance.

    In this contemporary interpretation, the dug-out dirt was piled around the edges of the plot as a privacy-protection barrier to reinforce the seclusion of sinking common spaces into the earthen center. Seamless windows wrap around on all sides and provide views out on all sides at the (under)ground level while upper stories are obscured by the obelisk-like black pyramid form.
    Ultramodern Twist on Ancient Underground Home Tradition « Dornob

    There's a few more photos on the designer's site, here:
    Suppose Design Office - Architect (TOKYO/HIROSHIMA JAPAN) -Works-

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    If I were a neighbor, I'd be pissed at having to stare at a big black pyramid all the time. Also, I guess there's no walking around naked downstairs, even with the privacy dirt. That said, I'm interested in seeing more pictures of the upper floors in the obelisk.
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    Did they have about $100 to make a house or something? God that's ugly.
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    Am I seeing this correctly? There's no door on the bathroom?

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    i think it's kind of awesome. and i'd much rather look at the black pyramid than those soulless, prefab looking houses around it!
    they do need guard rails though. i can live with the death stairs but they do need railings around the openings. they can use glass if they're worried about keeping the integrity of the design.
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    It would be fun to see this in person. I know if I lived there, I'd be dead or at least in traction from falling up or down those stairs!

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    I love Egyptian architecture, but that's just ugly. The interior of the house isn't bad, despite being underground.

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    I'm guessing they don't screw on the sofa...

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    Those stairs look scary. Not very kid friendly.
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    asshole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syd View Post
    I'm guessing they don't screw on the sofa...
    Or maybe they do!


    Way too out there for my taste...all of it.

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    i saw this house a while ago on archdaily. i agree that it needs to be customized a bit more (railings etc.) but the design is inspiring. i've never seen anything quite like it. the top floor with the skylight fascinates me. i want to sleep there.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I love Egyptian architecture, but that's just ugly. The interior of the house isn't bad, despite being underground.
    it's japanese, king.

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