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Adjaye lodges plans for 'Mole Man' house

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David Adjaye-designed proposals to rebuild a north London home that previously belonged to a notorious amateur tunneler have been submited for planning

AJ reported in February that Adjaye Associates had been appointed to revamp the shored-up but fire-damaged former home of William Lyttle, near De Beauvoir Square.

Hackney Council evicted Lyttle in 2006 after his extensive network of unauthorised tunnels came to light, and subsequently filled them with aerated concrete.

New owners artists Sue Noble and Tim Webster bought the house with planning permission to demolish it and replace it with a new structure, but Adjaye Associates’ plans would largely refurbish the property.

The scheme includes replacing its lost third floor and roof, and re-excavating a sub-basement and extending it to provide a new sunken garden.

A design and access statement submitted with the application argues that the proposals make a positive contribution to the neighbourhood, and will ‘build on the history of the site’ and the surrounding De Beauvoir Conservation Area.

It adds: ‘The building’s use for a single family dwelling will be retained in keeping with the local tradition of detached and semi-detached family villas of the surrounding streets and De Beauvoir Square.’

Plans for the proposed rebuild can be seen here.

The house is not the first time the artists have worked with David Adjaye. The architect’s 2002 ‘Dirty House’ studio and residential space in Shoreditch was commissioned by them.


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David Adjaye is set to revamp the Hackney house which once belonged to ‘Mole Man’

The house, now owned by two artists, has a series of underground tunnels which the eccentric William Lyttle carved out over 40 years.

The 79-year-old Lyttle was evicted in 2006 after the council became aware of his mole-like activities.

Previous plans for the house included building two four-storey houses in its place, but these were thrown out at planning.

The artists have suggested that they plan to trace the existing footprint of the tunnels to create a basement.

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