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Richard Murphy reveals 'hidden' underground home

[First look + plans] Richard Murphy Architects has submitted plans for this subterranean home in the Scottish borders

Hidden behind a circular two-metre, course-stone rampart-like rubble wall on a heavily wooded site, the mainly single storey L-shape house near Earlston has been designed as a ‘contemporary version of a folly on a hilltop’.

The roof of the house is planted as a roof garden.

The materials will be local rubble stone, a small area of pressed metal roof to the pavilion and within the walled garden a steel frame and hardwood glazing screen.

There is no approach by road: access is via a renovated forest walk from the original forest landscape.

Richard Murphy said the project was ‘a building which appears to have no clues as to its function or indeed whether in fact it is a building at all.’

House near Earlston by Richard Murphy Architects - Elevation

House near Earlston by Richard Murphy Architects - Elevation

Project data

Architects: Richard Murphy Architects
Location: Knock Knowe, Earlston, Scottish Borders 
Structural Engineers: Create Engineers
Project Architect: Klas Hyllén
Landscape Architect: Tim Reid of Urban Wilderness
Planning Consultant: Antony Duthie of Clarendon Planning and Development
Client: Robert Younger
Gross internal floor area 376.8m2 (+63.5m² garage)

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