We've found the Shire and it exists in Switzerland. Just looking at these houses, built by Peter Vetsch, hidden in the Earth makes you think of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I want to live there so bad.

The Earth Houses are located in Dietikon, Switzerland and is deeply focused on being energy-efficient. Because the homes are built into the mounds of earth, they have natural insulation that "allows them to use only a third of the energy a normal home would consume." The goal in creating these homes was "not putting a box on top of nature but making the architecture subordinate to nature, integrated."


But, like, Shire awesomeness and Eco-friendliness aside, how are they as homes? They look great! There are 9 homes built like this with models ranging from 3-bedroom to 7-bedrooms. There's also an artificial lake and a subterranean parking lot—as if living inside mother Nature wasn't enough, right. Check out the house, a modernist Shire:

Looks like a nose! Check out more pictures at My Modern Met. [Vetsch Architektur via My Modern Met]