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Cooler in Austin

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A hidden triangular home built into the earth in Austin, Texas
With a planted roof and a sleek-but-livable design, Edgeland House in Austin, TX, is a modern masterpiece. Designed by Bercy Chen Studio, the energy-efficient home was built into the earth, keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Even the pool – a “smart pool” – contributes energy to the geothermal heating and cooling system.

According to the designers, the house is inspired by the Native American pit house, one of the oldest types of structures built in North America. The Pit House, typically sunken, takes advantage of the earth’s mass to maintain thermal comfort throughout the year. It’s especially poignant that the architects decided to use a Native American model for the structure, since the land it’s on is a Brownfield, reclaimed industrial land, which, of course, was originally inhabited by Native Americans. Brownfields are designated by the EPA as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” It’s remarkable that the developers were able to rehabilitate and reclaim this land.

“The project raises awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources by creating a balance between the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on opposite side of the site,” Bercy Chen Studio LP

The architects excavated 7 feet of soil from the site, and they installed a sod roof  which has been left to grow wild. In addition to its energy efficient properties, the roof gives the added benefit of hiding the residence from the road. Efficiency, beauty, and privacy, this house has it all!

Check out Bercy Chen Studio’s other remarkable works on their website.

All images property of Bercy Chen Studio LP.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “Cooler in Austin

  1. I wouldn’t mind living there 😊

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  2. Can you imagine mowing the roof?

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  3. Wonderful ! The last pic from the bottom and the last one – what contrast – breathtaking ! Two sides of the same thing. Magnificent – Love it !

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  4. Very cool, I couldn’t help noticing that from certain angles it looks like a giant paper airplane.

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  5. It’s a very swanky hobbit hole! It is a very cool design, sleek and light and smart. However, I look at all of that glass and think to myself how much I would detest cleaning it.

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  6. wow! what an amazing place…it makes me want to go out and start digging to create one of my own!

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  7. That’s amazing. But I think that it would make my clutter a little more obvious.

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  8. Very cool. I read that it is owned (and lived in) by a science fiction writer. Seems futurastic enough!

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  9. WOW! WHAT A BEUTIFUL HOUSE! I love that, thank you so much. That is so cool

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