Nestled in an abandoned brownfield site in central Texas, the Edgeland House by Bercy Chen Studio LP reimagines the style of an ancient Pit House built by Native Americans. Just like the Pit Houses, buildings that are partly dug into the ground, and covered by a roof, the Bercy Chen Studio LP’s House features insulative green roof and is sunken 7‐foot into the ground.
The Edgeland House sits in a gap once occupied by a Chevron pipeline. The project’s objective is to revitalize the land from it’s severe industrial damage and t raise awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources. The architects have created a harmony between the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on the opposite side of the site. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center collaborated to reintroduce over 40 native species of plants and wildflowers to the Edgeland House green roof and site, serving to help protect the local ecosystem.
Thanks to its ingenious design, the Edgeland House’s grass roof and 7‐foot excavation into the ground, keeps it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The living area and sleeping quarters are in two separate wings, allowing air to flow between the two structures. The house also features a pool and floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout.