At first glance, this may look like a scene from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, but it’s a real home, built by Nigel Kirkwood. Believe it or not, this living space was not inspired by movies, but rather his fascination with the natural sustainability of tunnels after working in the mining industry for 25-years. It’s located in Quindalup, Western Australia, and the home is buried under almost 1,000 tons of soil. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“Using the tunnel layout as inspiration, he built the home on two large concrete footings and covered the structure with 19 tons of high-quality steel. He then sealed the structure with a Polyurea water- and fire-proof coating and, as the final step, buried his new home under 1,000 tons of locally-sourced loam sand,” reports Inhabitat.