‘Grand Designs: House of the Year’ returned to Channel 4 on the 24th November and since episode 1, the audience has watched the longlist of 21 properties slowly be whittled down to a shortlist of 6. Last night, a winner was finally crowned and Murphy House was awarded RIBA House of the Year.
Part Wallace and Gromit with its moving pieces and disappearing walls, this is a model house of pure perfection
As Richard’s own home in New Town, Edinburgh, he designed something personal which he could see himself living in. It is unique in that it has an adjustable structure, making it possible to both open up to the light and enclose to keep the warmth in.
RIBA described the five-level home as ‘part Wallace and Gromit’ thanks to its sliding walls, roof shutters and folding corner wall.
RIBA president, Jane Duncan, said: “Part jigsaw puzzle, with its hidden and unexpected spaces, and part Wallace and Gromit with its moving pieces and disappearing walls, this is a model house of pure perfection and a worthy winner of the Riba House of the Year 2016."
The build is particularly impressive considering the small plot space Murphy had to work with. Restricted to the size of an end-of-terrace plot, he designed a property which would take advantage of all space whilst suiting the Scottish climate. It features unorthodox luxuries including a hidden bathtub in the master bedroom and sliding bookshelf ladders.
Murphy has described the home as: “a quarter Soane, a quarter Scarpa, a quarter eco-house and a quarter Wallace and Gromit, the latter referring to the various ingenious devices in the house.”
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