Continuing our search for some of the most interesting abodes across the globe, we came across this modern re‐interpretation of the Native American pit house. Say hello to the eco-friendly Edgeland House.

Edgeland House

The Edgeland House is located on a rehabilitated brownfield site and takes its inspiration in form and design from the Native American pit house. A pit house is typically sunken, taking advantage of natural thermal comfort throughout the year. To replicate the effect, Edgeland is therefore sunk 7-foot into the ground.

In order to compliment the earth’s natural insulation, Edgeland House also features a grass covered roof, which keeps it cool in the summer and keeps things nice and cosy in the winter. But in case things don’t get warm enough, there is also hydronic heating.

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The house was designed and built by Austin, Texas-based Bercy Chen Studios who say that Edgeland House ‘is all about healing the land and ameliorating the scars of the site’s industrial past. The project raises awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources.’

As such, there are plenty of ‘natural’ features, not just externally. For example, the local Wildflower Centre collaborated with the project to reintroduce over 40 native species of plants and wildflowers to the Edgeland House green roof, as well as the site, to help protect the local ecosystem.

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The house itself is broken up into two separate pavilions; a living and sleeping quarters. While that does mean the owners have to great the elements from time to time to get from one pavilion to the other, this does echo the project’s ethos of balancing material and nature.

Check out more of Bercy Chen Studios’ work over at their Website.

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