For decades, maverick architects like William F. Lamb (New York’s Empire State Building) and César Pelli (the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur) pushed the limits of engineering to build ever taller skyscrapers. The tallest building on the planet today, the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai, stands at a staggering 160 stories. At 2,716.5 feet, the building is more than a half-mile tall. Today, a growing number of innovative architects and developers around the world are blazing one new trail to the next frontier in home design and development: They’re going underground. If you think that living underground means occupying a cave-like rabbit warren of dark and dank rooms, you’re dead wrong. Here are some of the most impressive Hobbit-holes out there or in development around the world. Photo credit: Joi Ito
Dubai has claimed its place as a new home to luxury and high-end lifestyles. Its housing market is no different. Here, MainStreet highlights several homes that make American mansions look like dollhouses.