Sunk two meters into the ground and topped off with an insulating green roof, this glass-walled Edgeland House on the shores of the Colorado River is a play of contrasts. While decidedly contemporary, Belgian-Taiwanese architecture studio Bercy Chen drew inspiration from one of North America’s oldest housing typologies, the ‘pit house’.

Being below the ground allows the earth’s thermal capacity to regulate the home’s temperature from the harsh Texas climate, keeping it cool in the summer and warm during winter. The house’s two volumes separate the living and sleeping spaces, and an outdoor walkway leads to an amazing triangular-shaped pool. In support for the local ecosystem, there are over 40 lost native plant species surrounding the home.

According to the architects, the home is about “healing the land and ameliorating the scars of the site’s industrial past.”

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