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    Page Updated November 14, 2018

News of underground buildings that are being contemplated or constructed are added to this page as information becomes available.

If you are aware of new examples that are being considered, designed, or built, please let us know.

Why not here?

In this new feature, I'll show an innovative earth-integrated building in another country and ask why we arent' doing things like this in the United States.

A new public library in Sydney, Australia, is located under a public plaza. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the reading room look out to a subterranean garden.

Why not here?

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Planned

The just-approved plan for expanding the Frick Collection building in New York City includes a 220-seat auditorium under the treasured garden, which will be restored to its original vision.

Under Construction

Construction is under way on the expansion of Yale University's Center for the Humanities. It will include a 280-seat Lecture Hall and 100-seat Film Screening Room sited below the courtyard.

RAAD Studio is converting a long-abandoned trolley station below Delancey Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side to a new kind of public space called the Lowline.

Recently Completed

On July 3, 2018, the Gateway Arch  in St. Louis will officially reopen with its more appealing entry to the underground visitor center and museum.

The Cavern Grotto, a restaurant near Peach Springs, Arizona, opened August 15, 2017. It is located 200 feet below ground in the Grand Canyons Caverns. The same company offers a cavern motel suite, 200 x 400 feet with a 70-foot-high ceiling.

A three-year renovation of the National Gallery of Art's East Building was completed in September 2016. It included adding a special exhibition gallery in the underground concourse.

The Chicago Cubs' two-level clubhouse under a new plaza near Wrigley Field was finished in April 2016.

The Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground opened the first portion of its new arts, retail, and community space development in May 2016 in the vacant, underground trolley station at Dupont Circle in Washington DC.

Awards

A new extension of the Tate St Ives in England, including underground art gallery spaces, is a finalist for the 2018 Stirling Prize.

Reeds Spring Middle School in Reeds Spring, Missouri, received an Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture from AIA in January 2018. The AIA described the project this way: "Taking advantage of the site's dramatic topography, this new middle school places the two largest programmatic spaces below grade, providing energy efficiency and storm resiliency for nearly 400 students and teachers." The jury commented, "Buried in a hill, yet bursting full of daylight is praiseworthy."








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Planned

The just-approved plan for expanding the Frick Collection building in New York City includes a 220-seat auditorium under the treasured garden, which will be restored to its original vision.

Under Construction

Construction is under way on the expansion of Yale University's Center for the Humanities. It will include a 280-seat Lecture Hall and 100-seat Film Screening Room sited below the courtyard.

RAAD Studio is converting a long-abandoned trolley station below Delancey Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side to a new kind of public space called the Lowline.

The Cavern Grotto, a restaurant near Peach Springs, Arizona, opened August 15, 2017. It is located 200 feet below ground in the Grand Canyons Caverns. The same company offers a cavern motel suite, 200 x 400 feet with a 70-foot-high ceiling.

On July 3, 2018, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis will officially reopen with its more appealing entry to the underground visitor center and museum.

The Chicago Cubs' two-level clubhouse under a new plaza near Wrigley Field was finished in April 2016.

The Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground opened the first portion of its new arts, retail, and community space development in May 2016 in the vacant, underground trolley station at Dupont Circle in Washington DC.

Awards

A new extension of the Tate St Ives in England, including underground art gallery spaces, is a finalist for the 2018 Stirling Prize.

Reeds Spring Middle School in Reeds Spring, Missouri, received an Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture from AIA in January 2018. The AIA described the project this way: "Taking advantage of the site's dramatic topography, this new middle school places the two largest programmatic spaces below grade, providing energy efficiency and storm resiliency for nearly 400 students and teachers." The jury commented, "Buried in a hill, yet bursting full of daylight is praiseworthy."






Unless otherwise attributed, all SubsurfaceBuildings.com content is © Loretta Hall, 2000-2018.
    Page Updated November 14, 2018

News of underground buildings that are being contemplated or constructed are added to this page as information becomes available.

If you are aware of new examples that are being considered, designed, or built, please let us know.
Why not here?

In this new feature, I'll show an innovative earth-integrated building in another country and ask why we arent' doing things like this in the United States.

A new public library in Sydney, Australia, is located under a public plaza. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the reading room look out to a subterranean garden.

Why not here?