From a distance, this Dietikon, Switzerland hillside looks like a wide green pasture that could give that famous scene from a run for its money. But once you take a closer look, you'll see that nestled into the ground are what the Swiss designers from
Nine houses in total are part of this tiny community that's clustered around a lake and made out of concrete and, well, the earth. Dirt and grass surround the structures, helping insulate the homes like a blanket, protecting it from rain, cold, wind, and abrasion. Meanwhile the floors are also made from dirt, but coated with a concrete formula to help keep them intact (although we have to wonder just how much the homeowners find themselves sweeping 'em).
We're perhaps the most surprised by the size of these abodes: They range from three bedrooms to seven (!). To help maximize sun exposure, the rooms that require the most light, like the kitchen, sit near the south. Bedrooms face north (you won't need black-out curtains here), and strategically-placed skylights hover over the bathrooms. Meanwhile underground parking lives below the homes. Maybe paradise and parking lots can actually co-exist?
Take a look: