07/20/2013 09:31 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Icelandic Turf Houses Are The Most Interesting Earth-Sheltered Homes We've Ever Seen (PHOTO)

We've seen many earth-sheltered homes before. But when we were browsing Flickr, we found this photo from user Matito, of Icelandic turf houses -- aka the most interesting dwellings ever-- in Glaumbær.

icelandic turf houses

At first, we didn't know much about these structures, other than that the landscape was used to construct the residences to keep them dry and warm. But after doing a little research we found out that this style of houses was popular until the 1900s, which means that Icelanders were way ahead of the eco-friendly game.

Here's a home that's been built into a hill!

Family house, Cesky raj, 2012

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