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Historic Underground Homes
A Pawnee family poses outside their earth lodge at Loup, Nebraska in 1871
Sod Houses were common among the rural poor in pre-war Holland. This picture is from Drenthe, Holland 1936 before WWII
700 year old homes in Iran.
Rock Houses, a traditional living arrangement of the poor in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Underground or ‘troglodyte’ Houses at Forges, in the Loire Valley, France. These were still occupied in the 1960s.
Homes Designed To Blend With Landscape
The Hobbit House, Wales built by Simon Dale as an environmental project.
The 'UnderhillHouse House' a 20th-century house in West Yorkshire, dubbed the ‘Hobbit house’, believed to be first modern earth-sheltered house in Britain.
Woolbrook Reservoir at Sidmouth in Devon was converted as a ‘self-build’ project by Robert and Ann Hardy from a storage tank they bought off South West Water in 2008
Cave apartment designed by French architect Jean-Pierre Lott in Monaco.
Underground Homes in the Movies and OnTV
The Lars Homestead on planet Tatooine where Luke Skywalker grew up. The surface level dome house was a set constructed for the movie at Nefta, Tunisia while the courtyard pit was a real hotel, the Hôtel Sidi Driss in Tunisia, 250 miles away in Malmaison.