Despite some’s desire to rescue the environment and become one with nature, it is clear that the irreversible effects of human innovation makes it almost impossible to go back to living in trees and grass huts. Fortunately, the Earth House by Nobuhiro Tsukada Architects is the perfect example of how human innovation and nature is indeed capable of finding harmony.
According to Nobuhiro Tsukada, a hollow reinforced concrete structure, with enough strength to withstand the thrust of the earth, is placed in the centre of the rectangular plan of 8.6m x 13.6m. The hollow structure flares into a funnel shape with the planar section largest at the highest point. The hole is then packed with earth to create a soil garden of 4.5m x 7m, lifted 4.3m off (but still physically connected to) the original ground level. As a result, the negative of the volume of this earth automatically becomes the interior space of the house.
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