03 Jan '12, 9pm

Beautiful Home Carved into Quarry Wall Enjoys Natural Air Conditioning #design #architecture

Beautiful Home Carved into Quarry Wall Enjoys Natural Air Conditioning #design #architecture

Fair Companies /Video screen capture We've already visited cave-dwelling off grid farmers in Utah , but living underground is nowhere near as rare as you might think. In fact, in parts of France cave dwellings have been used as a low cost means to create durable, cool structures for homes, farms (for raising silkworms and mushrooms) and even discos and hotels. Here we are taken on a visit to Henri Grevellec's home in an old disused quarry. Fair Companies /Video screen capture Using traditional "trogladyte" quarry workers homes, Grevellec has added some touches including skylights for ventilation and lighting, and a modern wood stove. But ultimately this is exactly the kind of resilient architecture that Lloyd has been talking about—it works the same as it always has by utilizing the natural properties of the rock to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter. What could be ...

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