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Swooping French Home Is Partially Built Into a Hillside

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Photos by <a href="http://julienlanoo.com/">Julien Lanoo</a>.
Photos by Julien Lanoo.

Subterranean architecture—especially houses built into hillsides or submerged below ground entirely—has a unique allure. Designed by international firm JDS Architects—which was founded by Julien de Smedt, who co-founded an earlier firm, PLOT, with starchitect Bjarke Ingels—this sinuous subterranean house is a private residence in the small northern French town of Bois-d'amont, near the Swiss border. Unlike nearby houses, which have the (admittedly charming) gabled, Old World look we've come to expect of traditional northern European residences, this poured-concrete house, dubbed Casa Jura, is built into a hillside and rises two stories. The first holds three bedrooms, while the second accommodates common areas, like an open-plan living room and kitchen. A planted roof allows 360-degree views of the surrounding land.


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