The Edgeland House, wedged into its grassy spot in the earth, is interesting to look at. This unique, underground split home was designed and constructed by Bercy Chen Studio LP.
Built with a pit house design, which is an ancient home construction technique attributed to North American natives, it is sunken into the ground to utilize natural thermal heating. This keeps the temperature of the home comfortable all year.
The split layout provides one section for the living area and the other for bedroom space. The open outdoor plot in between the separate units is a 7 foot dug out area that balances the modern look with natural surroundings, and was intentionally left exposed by the architects so that the outdoors have to be accessed to enter either portion of the house.
The glass walls extend the view to the outdoors.
The home also features hydronic heating and cooling systems and a geothermal heat pump that even works to service the pool.
A green roof adds to the insulating properties. The roof has been designed to provide effective drainage and has a protective water barrier and rainwater collection capacities. Additionally, an underground vertical looping system allows water to move around which helps keep the temperature at a comfortable level.
The house was actually built on a converted industrial site, and brings attention to the outside environment which includes a nearby river. There were also more than 40 native plants and grasses that were planted on the roof and neighboring countryside.
This construction works with the natural landscape instead of against it, lending to an energy efficient and original space.
All photographs via Bercy Chen Studio LP.
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