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House Pibo: Partially Underground Home Turns Its Roof into an Extended Garden!

Living underground has a charm of its own that instantly draws us in with a sense of mysticism. It’s probably an attempt to escape from the world around us that makes the idea of an exotic underground home seem even more alluring. Moving away from the mundane and reversing the traditional floor plan, House Pibo in Maldegem, Belgium offers a great balance between a unique underground home and a pleasant dwelling with a view of the world around it. The key: turning to a semi-buried structure. The exceptional residence designed by OYO Architects has an open plan living area on the top level that sits just above ground, while the private spaces are nestled underneath.

Gorgeous partially underground house in Belgium

But that is not the end of surprises at this awesome Belgian home, as a sloped green roof that seems like an extension of the garden landscape ensures that the structure completely blends in with its backdrop. In fact, the street façade only gives you a slight glimpse of the actual interior, with two pod-like structures popping out of the otherwise green scenery. Then there is the smart waterproof rubber membrane that wraps itself around the exterior of the home to make sure that the moisture does not seep through from the green roof into the living area.

A view of the underground split-level house with a green roof

Two distinct volumes pop up from the ground to create the entrance and dining space

Sloped green roof of House Pibo in Belgium

Rubber membrane around the house keeps away moisture

Split-level above the ground contains the open plan living area

View of the living area with a bright yellow couch and ample natural light

Pop up structure containing the dining area and kitchen brings in ample natural light

Split level dining area and living space of the Pibo House

Inside, the living area is split into two half-levels, with one containing the Scandinavian-style living area and the other filled with a modern kitchen and dining room with a view. A staircase leads to the lower level with the bedrooms, bathrooms and guest spaces, while the smart use of large windows fills even the underground level with ample natural light during daytime. With great insulation and colorful décor, it is easy to quickly forget that this home is a touch different from those around it. [Photography: Thomas De Bruyne]

Dining room chairs bring a touch of color to the interior

Large glass window next to the dining table also offers a view of the outdoors

Modern kitchen in white with wooden backsplash

Stone wall with fireplace and kitchen of the beautiful Belgian house

Multiple flowering plants keep the green roof fresh and cheerful all year long

Floor plan of the lower level with bedrooms

Floor plan of upper level of Pibo House in Belgium

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