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    Page Updated May 3, 2019

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.

Built in 2018, the Museum of Troy in Turkey complements a 4,000-year-old archaeology site. An underground first floor surrounds a four-story cubic exhibition building.

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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 underground park should be open to the public  by 2021.

Recently Completed

The National Law Enforcement Museum, located under Washington, DC's Judiciary Square, opened in November 2018.

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

Awards

UPDATE In April 2019, ArchDaily featured the Pool Pavilion in Keene, New York. Built in 2009, the "recreational structure is less building than it is landform."

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, 2000-2019.
    Page Updated May 3, 2019

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.
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/Completed

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 underground park should be open to the public  by 2021.

Awards

UPDATE In April 2019, ArchDaily featured the Pool Pavilion in Keene, New York. Built in 2009, the "recreational structure is less building than it is landform."

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, 2000-2019.
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.

Built in 2018, the Museum of Troy in Turkey complements a 4,000-year-old archaeology site. An underground first floor surrounds a four-story cubic exhibition building.

Why not here?