Built into the landscape on the Greek island of Antiparos, the Aloni Residence by Deca Architecture was designed to blend into the ground. Much like the Bolton Eco House, a large portion of the home was built underground into the contours of the land.
The design incorporates earth-retaining stone walls popular to the area to create an artificial landscape. Two long stone walls bridge hills on either side of the home, blurring the edges of the house with the landscape.
According to the architects, “The presence of the house is revealed by the four courtyards carved into the flowing landscape. The courtyards separate the living spaces into five interior areas, an arrangement which resembles the fifth side of a dice. As a result, the house is protected from the elements yet is full of natural light, generous views and a compact but rich relationship to its setting.” [Inthralld]