Eight basement apartments that are subterranean sanctuaries

In this lookbook, we select eight apartments that prove basements are the new penthouses, from an art deco flat in Paris to a sci-fi-style hideaway in Madrid.

Often associated with limited space and poor natural light, basement homes have not always been particularly coveted.

But as the world’s cities get more expensive, busier and hotter, below-ground living can be a relatively affordable, private and temperate option.

Below are eight of the best basement apartments previously featured on Dezeen.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring cave-like interiors, residential entrance halls and pocket doors.

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