No self-respecting subterranean design site would wait this long to feature Coober Pedy, Australia’s Internet-famous accidental-underground community. And we haven’t - but we can’t be bothered to backtrack to the previous post(s). You’re just going to have to take us at our word.
Thankfully, the folks (read: folk, singular) at Mess Nessy Chic have provided some new photographic evidence of the town’s innovative adaptations of underground construction.
To begin, consider the exterior. Modest entrances are frankly more likely even in ye olde adventuring caves, even if your sense of drama demands a proper two-storey double-door sealing up a vast network of goblin-ridden tunnels.
And, lest we forget, for long-term living ventilation is a must. These water-tower-looking solutions remind me of some of the qanat technology we’ve previously highlighted here. (Yes: I could be bothered to find that one. Shu’up.)
For that matter, so is light. Be they quarter-inch salt deposits or Tiffany glass, let that shallow antechamber here or there let people know what time of day or night it might be.
Tunnels can be rectangular. We have the technology. We can make them safe, practical; useful, even.
Finally, remember that if someone (or -THING) lives down there wherever you’re designing, that means it LIVES DOWN THERE. All creatures have their comforts. Ours are just, you know, often upholstered.