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CoupDeVille designs semi-submerged London eco-house

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CoupDeVille Architects has won planning for this partially submerged eco-house in south London

The £2million scheme will replace an ‘undistinguished and unseen’ 1930s house in Home Park Road next to Wimbledon Golf Course. The practice has since approached Merton Council with an amended, slightly larger proposal for the plot.

The three-storey home has been designed to ‘refocus the property away from the north-west boundary of the site’ and features a number of underground bedrooms ‘to reduce the impact on the site’.

Commenting on the design, the London-based practice said: ‘The first floor level is a largely glazed living and dining area, which takes advantage of the long views from the site. It will be cantilevered over the volume below and provide a dramatic place to contemplate the site and surroundings.’

‘The glazed nature of this volume will mean during the day the building will reflect the surrounding trees and disappear into its context. At night the lighting within this volume will create an attractive glass space.’

CoupDeVille Architects' Home Park Road - section

CoupDeVille Architects’ Home Park Road - section

Project data

Architects: CoupDeVille Architects
Location: Home Park Road, Wimbledon
Type Of Project: Residential
Project Architect: Giles Lovegrove
Design Team: CoupDeVille Architects
Client: Private
Funding: Possible joint venture
Tender date: not known
Start on site date: not known
Contract duration: 1 year
Total cost: £2 million (estimate) 

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