In some areas, prefabricated constructions can see to swallow up designs that are original.
The following 3 houses have more of a fortress vibe than a lived in feel, and their die-hard structures ensure they won’t go unnoticed.
The Steel House located in Lubbock, Texas was the passionate project of Robert Bruno. An architect and artist, he started work on the home in 1974.
Those who worked on the development, which took decades, constructed the home more like a structural welded work of art. Though weighing well over 100 tons, the legs that steady it into the earth were intended to lessen the effect of the massive house on the landscape underneath.
Steel was chosen as this was a readily available supply, and the ability to transform the common construction material into such a profound presentation speaks volumes to the talent and vision behind the home.
The building of this house also started in 1974. Sitting sturdily in the middle of massive boulders in in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal, this home called A Casa do Penedo, or ‘House of Stone‘, is part natural wonder and part improvised innovation.
A resourceful ideal to take advantage of the surroundings, as harsh weather is not a worry inside this structure. It is naturally fire resistant, windproof and is probably a safe place to be during a hailstorm. There is also a view from the yard of the nearby wind turbines.
This home certainly cost a lot more to build, but it also had major durability in mind. A conversion home meant to last, the lower portion is made from a decommissioned missile silo. Others like it were auctioned off to private buyers in the 1960’s when they were retired.
Set in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, this original Silo Home goes down into the earth about 185 feet. Imagine digging that hole.
Noise pollution is not an issue in this residence, as it is encased in a heavy concrete shell. Taking advantage of the earth’s internal temperature, the underground structure is said to be continually comfortable feeling.
As building trends in construction come and go, these homes will undoubtedly be around for quite a while.
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