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An earth friendly Swiss hobbit home

Recently, I was driving through the countryside near Zürich and about ran into a ditch! In the green pastures near Winterthur, I had spotted what looked like a UFO!

Or was it?

Earth Home Madetswil

As it turns out, I was looking at a very unconventional "earth home" by Vetsch Architektur. This curvy residence appeared perfectly blended into the landscape, even though its white walls made it stand out. I could not help but be reminded of Gaudí's buildings in Barcelona.

Earth Home Madetswil

Back home, I googled this unusual architecture and was surprised to find out that there are several other earth home communities in Switzerland - and more than 70 worldwide!

It actually makes ecological sense to move into a hobbit house, because the natural insulation of the turf reduces heat loss during winter and provides natural cooling in the summer. The rooftops are usually covered with soil and plants, further enhancing energy independence.

According to the architect, these homes will even withstand storms, earthquakes and fires! Mr. Vetsch refers to this protective property as a "third skin", which seals the living quarters off from natural disasters.

Earth Home Madetswil

Earth Home Madetswil

Earth Home Madetswil(Pictures courtesy of Vetsch Architektur)

Now, could you imagine living in an earth home? Why do they appeal to you, or what turns you off?

Dimitri Burkhard

As the founder, editor, and community manager of Newly Swissed, Dimitri owns the strategic vision. He is passionate about storytelling and is a member of Swiss Travel Communicators.

Dimitri loves discovering new trends and covers architecture, design, start-ups and tourism.

Dimitri Burkhard


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