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The Ordos Project – Living Underground

Plot #35 of the Ordos Project is not your typical villa. You won’t find it in Spain, France, or Italy. This one is in Inner Mongolia. The flat landscape is known for some of the most amazing blue skies on Earth but living there is harsh with high winds and extreme temperature grades.

Architect Juan Pablo Maza created a large underground home to take advantage of the ground’s natural insulation but the most striking feature is the suspended living area above ground surrounded by a forest of beams. A single stairway twists its way up making even the Apple Cube store in NYC seem complacent. Absolutely gorgeous.

Designer: Juan Pablo Maza via Arch Daily


August 27, 2009 - Posted by | Architecture


  1. […] https://oztech03.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/the-ordos-project-living-underground/ Posted by deepthought2009 Filed in Uncategorized Leave a Comment » […]

    Pingback by Mongolia?!!! « BackLight | August 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. It’s fascinating to me that this home is so extreme. A portion underground and the other portion suspended in air. To bad it’s in Mongolia. I think the architecture is beautiful

    Comment by EcoGirl | August 27, 2009 | Reply

  3. man how much for one of those lol……that structure is truly amazing …do the beams serve to diffuse the “high winds” mentioned?


    Comment by busyman1918 | August 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. Elevator would have been nice…..what about the crippled???

    Comment by Little Craig | August 27, 2009 | Reply

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