The Edgeland House was developed by Bercy Chen Studio with a sustainable vision in mind. The design is inspired by the Native American Pit house which is typically sunken to take advantage of the earth’s mass allowing the house to be cool during the summer and warm during the winter. The house nicely blends into nature with its insulating green roof and 7-foot excavation into the ground. The goal of the Bercy Chen Studio is to raise awareness of the diminishing natural landscape which has been favored by industrialisation. The shape and angles of the house are striking reminding me of the John Lautner Goldstein House on a smaller scale. It is composed of two separate areas with the living on one side and the sleeping on the other. To go from one area to another you have to walk outside experiencing the outdoor elements.
TRD: Better not be raining if you are in your boxers when you go back to your room.
Did you know: “Pit houses have been found ethnographically around the world such as Jomon hunter-gatherers in Late Pleistocene Japan, Viking farmers in medieval Iceland, Fremont farmers in the southwestern United States, Norwegian farmers in 19th century Minnesota.” (source http://archaeology.about.com/)